Posted: Wednesday, September 11
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Verse of the day
Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
(Isaiah 8:12-13, ESV)
The greatest invasion of World War II was launched when 5,000 ships departed England for the Normandy coast in June 6, 1944. It is said that one of the captains chose the opportunity to lecture his crew on fear. He explained with confidence "Fear is a very healthy thing." Upon hearing him, a sailor yelled in reply "Captain, you're looking at the healthiest sailor in the United States Navy."
Our text today finds Isaiah, and the people of Judah, in an extremely volatile and dangerous situation. The combined armies of Israel and Syria had destroyed much of Judah. They besieged Jerusalem. However, Isaiah had prophesied that these armies would not succeed in conquering Judah. The ones who truly posed a threat were their allies, the Assyrians, who would eventually attack them and do much damage. These were difficult and dangerous times.
How do you think Isaiah and the people of Judah felt? It would’ve been understandable if their hearts and minds focused on conspiracies and threats. Yet, God encouraged them to fear Him, not their circumstances. They were not at the mercy of opposing armies. They were in the hands of a good and mighty God.
We also live in an age of uncertainty, conspiracies, and threats. This instills fear in our souls. “Fear is the byproduct of our ability to accumulate knowledge and project it to the future” (Andy Stanley). Fear is the result of our processing reality based on both our knowledge and ability. This is why God is encouraging us, in our text today, to fear Him. “The remarkable thing about fearing God, is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else” (Oswald Chambers).
How do you fear God?
1. Remember who He is. He is good and there is nothing impossible for Him.
2. Project it into the future. Because God is good, he is seeking my best interest. Because there is nothing impossible for God, He will make a way (even if I don’t know how).
Allow your confidence in Jesus to overwhelm your fear.