Deuteronomy 20: Have Confidence with God
Deuteronomy 20 is basically a military war plan. God is telling the people through Moses how to conquer any of the foes that they would run into in the Promised Land.
There was one verse in particular that stood out to me.
Deu 20:8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.
Fear is contagious. When one person runs away, it becomes that much more likely that another person will run away. Therefore, God wanted to make sure that the commanders of Israel got rid of the problem before it even started.
Of course, that fear should not have been there in the first place. After all, the people had God’s promise that they would be able to overrun any opponent they came up against. It is much easier to approach a battle with confidence when you already know you’re going to win.
Despite that, fear was still there, and fear is part of our natural human emotions. There are many Bible verses that speak to us not fearing certain things because we have God with us (Psalm 23:4 for example). However, if we will not fear because we have God, it also follows that if we try to do something without God, we can definitely be afraid.
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.
When we are truly doing what God wants us to do, we really don’t need to worry. The end is already expected, and it won’t catch God by surprise since He created it. Then we can have peace. That would be the absence of fear.
I just have one more really quick thought about fear.
Peter was able to walk on water when he kept his eyes on God. As soon as he began to worry, he started having problems. Fear is a problem, but if we are able to focus on the power of God, we won’t worry and allow it to paralyze us.