Fear is a fact of life on this side of the grave. We fear everything from the dark to death . . . from loud sounds to strange environments . . . and those things that go bump in the night! But the Bible provides a solution: we can face our fears, and it is done through a single word: FAITH! When our hearts are filled with faith, there is no room left for fear to take up residency.
I first heard this acronym from the great motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Zig liked to say that FEAR is nothing more than . . .
One of the best examples of this in all of sacred Scripture is found in the experience of the Israelites when they were spying out the land God had promised to them. When the spies came back with their reports, we clearly see just how much their fear caused “false evidence to appear real.”
They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.” (Numbers 13:26-28)
A portion of their report was true: the giant descendants of Anak were indeed living in the Promised Land, and the sons of Anak were feared by the Israelites. But what followed was not true. It was false evidence that merely appeared real, because fear took the place in their hearts that should have been occupied by faith. God had promised to give Israel possession of the land, but the spies said:
“We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:31-33)
So . . . what “giants” stand in your way today keeping you from entering your Promised Land? In your profession? In your marriage? At school? In your single walk with Christ? Remember these words God spoke to the Israelites because they were spoken to you as well:
Be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you. (Deuteronomy 9:3)
This is a promise for you also! Charles Spurgeon said it beautifully: “No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink.” Drink from this well of fearless wisdom today. Hide this truth in your heart and whenever fear begins to rear its ugly head, faith will remove it at once.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!