By Adam Darbonne
March 21, 2020
Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.
Numbers 32:1 – 33:39
Fear is a powerful motivator, and people are afraid right now. If you don’t believe me, take a walk down the aisles of your local grocery store. The bare shelves testify to one reality: a lot of people are very afraid. Sometimes people talk about fear like it is a bad thing. It’s not. In fact, you could argue that fear is actually a good thing — it protects you from all kinds of harm. Further, God actually created human beings with a fear instinct inside of them. You are afraid of things because God created you to be afraid sometimes.
In fact, he created you to fear him. That might sound strange, but the Bible often talks of fearing God, and not in a bad way. One of the lines from our Psalm today reads, “All people will fear, they will proclaim the works of God, and ponder what he has done.” (Psalm 64:9). You see, when we really look at God and see him for who he really is, it should leave us quaking. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and is in complete control of everything. When you tease out the implications of that, it’s terrifying!
In the passage in Luke (above), Simon Peter comes face-to-face with the power of God that Jesus wields and he is terrified by it. He actually tells Jesus to get away from him because he realizes the power and goodness of Jesus could kill him. But Jesus responds, as he often does: “Don’t be afraid.” (Luke 5:10b) and then Jesus gives Peter a task to work on for the rest of his life. Because Peter had a relationship with Jesus, he didn’t have to be afraid of Jesus.
In this season characterized by fear, the trick for God’s people (you and me) is to be afraid of the right thing. If you fear God more than you fear coronavirus and the myriad of other monsters trying to scare you, you will realize he is bigger than all of it. So today fear God, then hear the words of Jesus to you, “Don’t be afraid,” and then finally consider what task he is calling you to today.
The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!