I got the honor of asking one of my best friends of over 13 years to share one of her inspiring devotionals to put on my blog. I am grateful for our friendship and all the memories and battles we’ve faced together. Just a little about Kat, she’s 26 and a newlywed. She is also on a church mission team planting in Kentucky! She’s a preachers wife now. Here it is, a devotional on Fear.
Take a few minutes and write down your biggest fears. Keep those things in mind during this devotional.
Let’s talk about a man who had to face fear with faith, Moses.
READ Exodus 3.1-12
Can you relate to Moses?
Why do you think you fear?
What do you feel when you are fearful?
Anxiety, Worry, Stuck?
What is your response to fear?
What do you do when you act on fear?
Who/What are you focusing on when you are fearful?
V.10 God says “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” God entrusted Moses to save his people yet Moses rather than seeing this as a great privilege immediately doubted himself.
When you are fearful we limit what God can do in your life.
God wants to entrust us with amazing roles but we have to allow him to.
Do you let fear dictate your decisions?
Moses falls into self doubt saying to God “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Let’s examine Moses’s life for a second. Forty years prior to this Moses killed an Egyptian after watching him beat one of his fellow Hebrews. Imagine the guilt he must have been carrying around for all of that time. Then present day he is a shepherd to his father-in-laws sheep. His position is so humble that he doesn’t even have his own sheep to shepherd. I can only imagine what Moses could have thought about himself. That not only was he a nobody but a wicked nobody. His first response is to ask God who am I to go to Pharaoh? Who am I to be used by you in this way? He could have even been fearful thinking of all the people that would want to kill him in consequence of him murdering that Egyptian forty years prior.
God’s response is amazing despite all Moses doubts
V. 12 “And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.
God didn’t explain why He chose Moses. In fact God didn’t even really need Moses. He could have done all these works on his own but God finds delight in using us for His will. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can fish for compliments and feel like I need reassurance to know I’m the one for the job. That I am capable enough for the position. But God didn’t reassure Moses by telling him the gifts or talents he saw in him.
No, God’s response is I WILL BE WITH YOU.
Do you believe that God is with you?
Does your life reflect that?
Or does your life reflect a person who is crippled with fear?
Choosing to be faithful is choosing to fixate your eyes on Christ.
Fear is a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we let fear grip us we speak that fear into our lives
n Romans 8:31 the Bible says “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
God is FOR us. He is on our side. That should abolish all our fears and increase our faith.
Keep reading here about Moses’s response to God in verse 13
Moses wants to know every step of God’s plan. He wants a blueprint before he fully commits to being used by God. Rather than facing fear with faith he tries to face it with facts. We know faith is believing in what we do not see. But Moses wanted to see God’s plan rather than trust in Him.
Do you need to know every step of the plan to overcome your fear?
Do you choose to be in control rather than be faithful?
We’ve talked a lot about Moses fear but turn with me to Hebrews 11
In the end Moses faces his fear with faith. If you had kept reading in Exodus we would have seen Moses free God’s people in Egypt by his faith. He entrusted His life to Christ because it says in V. 27 He saw him who is invisible. Moses was spoke boldly to Pharaoh and became the one who brought the Israelites out of slavery. God was able to use Moses in powerful ways but it took him replacing his fear with faith in God.
Imagine the things we’d experience and see if we let God use our faith.
All generations will remember Moses’s faith and how God used him to save the Israelites. He will remain in the Hall of fame forever.
Let’s be women that are remembered for our faith and not our fears. Choosing to Face our fears with faith. – The Newly Kat Black