333. He’s a Good, Good Father

Luke 12:32 NLT  So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

Jesus uses the familiar imagery of a sheep and their Shepherd, which is familiar in Scripture because of how common the profession was that it makes for a great illustration to talk about the love of the Father God for His people.  Like a good shepherd for his sheep, God leads, feeds, guides, provides, watches, & protects His people.  Yet many times we still fall victim to fear that we’ll miss out or do without.  But we needn’t fear.  It is the Father’s great happiness and joy to give us all that the Kingdom has.

Jesus is telling us we don’t need to clutch the things of the world or fear we’ll do without, because the Father has given us all that Heaven holds.  We have received an inheritance of all He has and of all He is.  We are partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and in all that He possesses, which is everything (Psalm 24:1).

The Father loves providing for and protecting His children.  He takes joy leading us to places of refreshing where we can find good food, both physically and spiritually.  The Father has purposed to care for us.  All we need to do is apply Proverbs 3:5-6 and Fear NOT!

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  (6)  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.


Face Your Fear With the Father

Exodus 2:14 NKJV  Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!”

Had Moses’ birth had been discovered, he would have been thrown in the Nile River drowned and would have been eaten by crocodiles.  But because his family hid him for 3 months and then put him in a basket made of papyrus reeds, pitched with tar, and set him adrift in that very river, he lived.  It was evident the remarkable calling upon his life, for the special risk his mother took to insure his safety and the amazing thing that happend next.  Moses’ ark of reeds just happened to drift by Pharaoh’s daughter as she bathed in a section downstream.  She immediately loved him and adopted him into her family and had his sister (who had been secretly following the basket downstream) have a Hebrew maid come and nurse him.  Of course she got their mother, who was even paid to nurse her own son.  This is so amazingly God.  Pharaoh’s daughter decided to name this baby, Moses, because of how he was drawn out of the water, but even his name which means ‘taken out’ has prophetic significance regarding the calling on his life.  Moses would one day serve as a judge to Israel and as a representative of God deliver his people from the bondage of Egypt.

 Now all grown up, the call of God on him, although not fully realized by himself had stirred Moses to visit his native people.  He’s seen them and known of the harsh treatment they’ve received and even though he knows he is one of them, he has never been treated like one.  Overwhelmed by the harsh beating he observes mixed with the blurry vision of his calling burning in him, he strikes out and kills the Egyptian and saves the life of his kinsmen.  The next day he sees two Hebrews fighting, some believe that the man whose life he saved just the day
before was now the man beating another Hebrew, and intervenes, breaking up the fight and questions why they were quarreling. The man in the wrong snidely replies, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us?  Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”  At that moment, Moses was overtaken by fear believing that what he had done must be common knowledge.  It elicited a fight or flight
response and he fled Egypt.  I believe Moses feared and fled for two reasons.  The first of these was he feared how people would react to him knowing he killed an Egyptian and the potential consequences that might mean.  The crime itself didn’t cause him to fear, but it was the thought of people knowing or finding out and what that might mean that tormented him.

Have you done something that you are afraid of becoming public knowledge or being exposed?  If so, your fear is going to cause you to either fight or flee too.  For you this may mean fighting to push people away so they won’t discover your secret or fleeing by withdrawing away from loved ones and relationships around you including your relationship with the Lord.  The Lord knows the end from the beginning and
is aware of your secrets.  If you’ve done something you are afraid people will find out about, I want to first encourage you begin by openly talking to your Father God about it and then want to encourage you to seek out and talk with a trusted friend or your pastor.  The world may not need to know your secret and in the case of some sins, just talking to the Father and repenting will relieve the pressure and stress you now feel.  He may lead you to talk with someone whom you can be accountable.  The bottom line is, as long as you are harboring secrets you are keeping yourself in a place of fear.  So face your fear with the Father.  By going to the Father and talking to him and a trusted confidant or pastor you will begin to be released from that place of bondage so you can, FEAR NOT!