Look Unto Jesus and Do Not Fear

Deuteronomy 25:17-19 NKJV  “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt,  (18)  how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.  (19)  Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.

 Moses reminds the Children of Israel of some painful and difficult times they had while they were wandering in the desert.  Memories of the Amalekites, who would attack those who became tired and weary from the journey and began to straggle behind the rest of the camp, plagued the families and loved ones as well as the rest of Israel.  Much like the images of the old or sickly gazelle being picked off by a cheetah that one might see on a nature program are not soon to escape your imagination, the first hand devastation witnessed to their loved one loomed in their minds.  Then Moses, prophesies that soon the Children of Israel would enter rest and the Lord would erase the remembrance of the people that mercilessly attacked the helpless among their ranks.

The Amalekites should have respected God and His people, but they did not.  As long as they were around, they were a real and present threat that would cause any mother to keep her children close and any father to strive to keep all the families of his children together and moving up to pace with the rest of God’s people.  But God promised them that one day, that which they feared would be removed from their presence.  More so, God promised that the very thoughts of the Amalekites which would inspire fear in them would be wiped out.  It happened for them just as He said it would.

God brought the Children of Israel into the promised land, gave them rest all around, and blotted out the remembrance of the vicious attacks on them by the Amalekites by removing the threat.  Through faith in Jesus, God does the same for us today.  There is nothing to fear when your faith is in Jesus.  In Mark 11:23-24, Jesus said that faith in God will remove mountains from before you.  That is a serious scenery change.  I live in Tucson, Arizona and there are mountains all around.  If one were to be gone tomorrow, the scenery would be unimaginably different.  Yet over time, you’d get accustomed to the new landscape and it would even become difficult for you to remember what it was like with the mountains in your midst.

Through faith in Christ you can live free from fear.  Fear of circumstances that once gripped you and consumed your thoughts can be gone through faith in Christ.  Jesus came and defeated the enemy.  He has delivered us from destruction and we no longer have to fear any foe or circumstance because he has given us rest.  With faith in Christ you can enter into that rest and live free from fear.  Look unto Jesus and FEAR NOT!

 Hebrews 4:3  For we who have believed do enter that rest

Mathtew 11:28 NKJV  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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