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2/24/2018
Perspectives: Overcoming fear

By DOUG EDWARDS

Exodus 14:15 — ”Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward”

Ten times, Israel had experienced God's power as He delivered them from Egypt but apparently that was not enough for them. As they faced the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army pursuing them from the rear, they gave into their fears and doubted that God could protect them. They cried out in fear, wishing they were back in bondage and believing it was safe there.

Their perception was doom and destruction, but the reality of the circumstance was that God already had a plan to deliver His people and to defeat the Egyptians.  God in essence said…quit complaining and do what I told you to do. It wasn't that they didn't know what to do, but that fear had immobilized their resolve and replaced it with panic. As you read on in the story, you see that God did deliver and protect His people. Even current events show God is always faithful to His promises.

This same fear can seize our lives today if we allow the circumstances to cast doubt on God's love and power toward us. John writes “there is no fear in love because perfect love casts out all fear.” We have been called to overcome fear and press forward in our life of faith because we believe that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”

Is your life characterized by fear and panic or have you learned to overcome the fear and live in God's Victory?

Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.