Deuteronomy 2:4 NKJV And command the people, saying, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore watch yourselves carefully.
God tells Moses to warn the children of Israel that the Edomites, who were descendants of Israel’s (Jacob) brother Esau, would fear them. He warns the children of Israel to therefore behave wisely and watch out. Now, why would the Edomites fear the Israelites?
The Israelites have been wandering through the desert for nearly 40 years now and besides the sheer number of people they had, their reported strength and the power of God at engaged behind and for them has preceded them. The miraculous provision of God in their lives with water, manna, and quail had spread throughout the known world. The knowledge of God’s hand moving mightily as He delivered them from the Egyptians and countless enemies who tried to destroy them on their journey had come to the Edomites. They greatly feared that they would be steamrolled over by this people, because of the obviously blessing of God with them. The Edomites feared losing their land, their livestock, their families and their very lives. This fear makes them a potentially very dangerous threat and God tells his people to be careful.
The devil knows God is with you and fears Him greatly. He knows that if you realize just how much God loves you, is for you, and backs you when you speak His Word, that he is going to lose money, land, influence, and his dark kingdom will unravel wherever you go. Therefore, he will often take an offensive and try to inspire fear in you by attacking you in an area of your life. The devil will attack your thoughts telling you your fatigue is really some dire disease or that you’re going to get laid off and won’t be able to support your family. He will try to get you to back off the promises of God and get you to lose out on all that belongs to you as a Child of God. All the while, the reality is he is afraid of you.
Don’t fear the devil. Don’t fear what may be. Be strong in what God has spoken and what God has done in your life and in the lives of all His people. Keep your eyes open and watch yourselves carefully, so that you will recognize those thoughts and negative circumstances as attacks from the enemy. Then deal with them in the power and authority you have in Christ. Fear Not: the enemy is afraid of you.