16. Remind the Lord and FEAR NOT!

des311j_remember_photogram_02Genesis 32:6-7 NKJV Then the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.” (7) So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies.

Genesis 32:9-12 NKJV Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’: (10) I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies. (11) Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children. (12) For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ “

Notice here what Jacob did when he found himself gripped by fear; he began praying to God and quoting the Lord’s promises to him. He put God in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26). Not that God is forgetful, but by putting “God in remembrance”, we remind ourselves of those very same promises. This inspires faith in us as we plea our case or petition to the Lord in our circumstance. And we shift our eyes from the circumstance that has caused us to fear and set them on the promises of God.

Isaiah 43:26 NKJV Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.

Now we are in agreement with what God has said. Isaiah 43:26 tells us, that we begin to contend together with God. The word translated “contend” here could also be translated “plead, argue, or judge.” The word “Shaphat” literally means to vindicate or pass a sentence, painting a picture of a judge delivering his decision in a case and banging the gavel. When we quit focusing on our fears and instead look to the promises of God and speak His Word, we join with God in declaring His judgment and sentence over our situation. So, FEAR NOT. The controversy is over. God is for you and not against you. Find His promises, trust Him, and speak His Word. As you do, you can climb right up on the throne of God, and together with Him, bang the gavel and pass judgment on the situation. So, fear not, YOU WIN.

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