Thursday, March 27, 2014
Read: Genesis 26:7-11
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Timothy 1:7)
Isaac, a Patriarch of faith, deceived Abimelech. Isaac cowardly went behind Rebecca in fear, because he was new in town. When the men of Gerar inquired about Rebecca, Isaac basically said, “she is my sister”. He feared to say, “she is my wife”. He feared they would kill him to get her because she was so beautiful (Gen. 26:7). Eventually, the king of the Philistines stepped in to defend Rebecca, but not before saying indignantly, “one of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin” (Gen. 26:10).
Fear can cause us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. It can paralyze us into inaction or induce us to sacrifice those closest to us. It entices us to violate our core values. Have you ever lied to protect yourself? God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.
So, what are we to do with our fear?
If we focus on God’s faithfulness in the past, we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear, despair and complaining. To overcome fear we must think more about God’s love. Perfect love expels all fear (1Jn 4:18).
Prayer: O Lord, in your Holy name, I declare myself free from the spirit of fear and frustration.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 92. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).