“But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt. Remember the great terrors the LORD your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The LORD your God will use this same power against all the people you fear.” Deuteronomy 7:18, 19 NLT
Before Israel could occupy the land of promise God prepared them. God always prepares us for what is ahead by what He has already done in the Bible and by what we have gone through and personally seen. In this passage, God tells them three times to remember: remember who He is, remember what they have seen and remember He is the strong and powerful God that can perform the miraculous.
Sometimes, fear can grip us unexpectantly. Fear can bring us to a standstill so gripping that you are unable to think or breath. Fear that makes seconds feel like eternity.
Before my stem cell transplant in 2012, unable to sleep, fear gripped me. I cried tears like a flood hearing my doctors voice, “This 6 days of lethal high dose chemo will take your body to the brink of death, you may die. The day after we will give the stem cells with the hope to give you new life. If you survive, the 100 days following are going to feel like death.” Those words hit me like a deer paralyzed in front of the headlights of a car with the sudden realization of death and pain. Distracted by the loud voice of my unavoidable circumstances, uncontrollably weeping, I wanted to give up and die. I did not fear death; I feared the pain. God allowed me to get myself together, and with my iPod and journal, I began to praise Him. He told me, “Do not be afraid: Remember I AM with you, remember the promises I made to you, remember who I AM.
I don’t know what you fear today, I am here to remind you “to not be afraid, remember who He is and what He is done. He is not One to lie. Trust Him to get you through.
Prayer: Lord, God Almighty, the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever more, The One who still owns all the cattle on all the hills is capable of doing beyond what we could ask or imagine; I, (we) give you praise. I will not be afraid because you have already gone before me. In Jesus’s Name!