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When Fear Comes a Knockin’

Posted by John Smith on May 27, 2011

Exodus 14:9-10 NKJV  So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.  And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.

 The children of Israel had been set free to leave Egypt.  As they prepared to leave, they asked the Egyptians for supplies and were given immense amounts of Gold, Silver, clothing, and valuable trinkets (Exodus 12:35-36, Psalm 105:37).  What a time of rejoicing.  They have a new found freedom, riches, and everyone was strong and healthy (Psalm 105:37).  I’m sure that the camp was light hearted, full of celebration and exuberance, until….  Until, they lifted their eyes and saw the Egyptian chariots, horsemen, and the army of Pharaoh marching after them.  The entire atmosphere changed in a moment; from a joyous event to one gripped by fear and panic ensued.  Their past came back to knock on their door.

They feared returning slavery and the harsh punishments that would come.  They feared they would be slaughtered and their wives taken as concubines.  Even though they knew God had delivered them from the Egyptians, when they saw them they were shaken with fear.  Ultimately, they feared their past.  But notice what they did when the fear came.  They cried out to the Lord.  GLORY!

I’ve never been pursued by a great army, but I have had thoughts, circumstances, people, etc… from my past come into view either
literally, or in my mind which brought about brief panic or fear.  In that moment, what you do next is critical if you want to walk without fear.  Cry out to God.

God did not send Jesus to shed His blood for you, to redeem you from death and save you from destruction just to destroy you.  God did not deliver you from bondage just to turn you over to be shackled again.  No.  Jesus came to set you free indeed (John 8:36).  So when your past comes knocking on your door, remember to cry out to the Lord and FEAR NOT!

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