Deuteronomy 1: Do Not Fear
Welcome to Deuteronomy. In chapter 1, we are met right away with a speech from Moses that provides an overview of the wandering in the desert that we read about in Exodus.
Deu 1:20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.
Deu 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
This was the first time that the Israelites got near the Promised Land, but you know the story. God told them that the land would belong to them, they sent spies in, the spies brought back a fearful report and the people decided that they didn’t want to go in because they were afraid.
How many times does this really happen in everyday life? How many times is that something that we should do but are afraid to do it?
I believe that when I wrote about this event in Exodus I mentioned how we need to live out the Great Commission more substantially.
I don’t want to rehash all of that, but I do want to expand on it. I want to touch on why we should not fear. Moses just said do not fear. Why do we not have to fear?
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
We do not need to be afraid because God has known our entire life experience ahead of time. He knows what will happen to us, and He is always looking out for us. Like the verses say, we are called by His purposes, so it is perfectly reasonable to expect that He will take care of us.
After all, that has been promised to us as well.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
If you put these together then, we do not need to fear because God has a plan, and the plan that God has for us is a good plan. I think that that makes sense.