Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Unfounded Fears ...

 "Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her... Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife." - Genesis 20:6, 11 
A number of years ago, while I was living in central Pennsylvania, I decided to hike the local mountain trails. I went to a local sporting supply store and purchased trail maps and a good compass. I carefully planned, due to great fear that I might get lost. Shortly after beginning my trec I made a startling discovery. On an earlier occasion, the trails had been so methodically marked that only a blind man could get lost. My fears were unfounded.
Because Abraham "thought 'there was no fear of God in this place'", he had great fears and made careful plans. He focused in on the potential pitfalls and dangers that lurked. No matter how often God intervened, as He had done in Egypt (Genesis 12), old Abe still looked to his own devices for protection. Imagine his shock when he learned that God had methodically marked the trail with His protective hand. His fears were unfounded.
How about it my friend? As you look down the road of the coming months, what do you fear? Have you put together a "go bag" filled with maps, compasses and personal tools of deliverance? Are all your efforts due to great fear that "there is no fear of God in this place"?  Once you realize that your God has marked your way by His protective hand... your fears will be unfounded. 


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