Do Not Fear! I Am With You, God.

In chapter three of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament there is a story of three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who dared to defy the ordinance of Nebuchadnezzar to bow down before a golden image. Because of their rebellion Nebuchadnezzar commanded his troops to heat up a furnace seven times hotter than it had ever been, bind up the three, and throw them into the fire. The furnace was so hot it killed the men ordered to throw the three Hebrew children into the furnace. A short time later, Nebuchadnezzar went to look into the furnace thinking he was going to see three dead Hebrews, but what he saw is told to us in verse 25, “Look! he said, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are unhurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” How did Nebuchadnezzer know the fourth looked like the Son of God? Had he ever seen the Son of God? I doubt it. But he knew the fourth person in the furnace wasn’t one of his men. He also knew this person was greater than the golden image he worshipped. Was the three Hebrew children fearful? I don’t think so. And because they weren’t afraid of the fiery furnace; the angel of God was inside waiting for them when they were thrown in. The Hebrew children had been taught to believe God was great. Greater than the gold idol, greater than Nebuchadnezzer and his commanders, and greater than the fire they were thrown into. Do we believe God is greater than anything we will confront in life? If not, our understanding of who God is – is way too small.

There is another story in 2 Kings chapter six verses 8-16 in which Elisha, the prophet of God, is telling the king of Israel what the king of Syria along with his top generals were planning in their war against Israel, thus the soldiers of the king of Israel avoided a bloody defeat. The Syrian king was extremely upset when he learned Elisha has been spiritually eavesdropping on his meetings and promptly sent out a large army to capture Elisha. To make a long story short; Gehazi, the servant of Elisha went outside one morning and saw they were completely surrounded by the Syrian army. He ran back inside the house to tell Elisha the bad news. But to his surprise, Elisha wasn’t the least bit afraid. He said to Gehazi in verse 16, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those with them.” He then prayed that God would open his servants eyes, and when Gehazi’s eyes were opened, he saw the mountains surrounding them was full of horses and chariots of fire. Was Elisha afraid? No! Why not? Because he knew God was with him and he didn’t have to go outside to see if God’s angels were there protecting them. He knew they were. Do we?

God has told us many times in His Word, “Do not fear! I am with you.” The reason He tells us to not be afraid is He’s our protector, and He is with us every minute of everyday in every situation. If we are born again, we belong to Him, and He will do whatever is necessary to keep us safe. Such as, when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, God was with them holding back the waters. When they wondered in the wilderness for forty years; God was with them supplying food and drink. When they crossed the Jordan River to enter their promised land; God was holding back the flood waters. And in Isaiah 43:1-4 God tells us, “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by my name; You are mine! (and because we belong to Him) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you pass through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you are precious in my sight. You have been honored, and I have loved you.”

Dear friends, we are the beneficiary of those promises God made to the Israelites through Abraham those many years ago. Should we be afraid of what may rise up against us? No. Why Not? Because God is with us; and He tells us in Romans 8:31 “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer is a resounding, “Nobody.” Paul said later in that chapter of Romans, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Notice the words “nor any other created thing. God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the only beings in all of creation that are not a created thing or being. So what Paul is saying to us is, “We should not be fearful of anything in creation whether it is seen or unseen, except the triune God Head of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Dear friends; we have absolutely nothing to fear from any thing or anyone because the “One in us who created all things including life and death, is greater than anything else He created.” That means; no one can beat us, nothing can defeat us, and God is for us. So, go ahead and give God a big ole hallelujah! He’s worth it. Amen. DThrash

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