You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?” But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:17-18
When the children of Israel first approached the promise land, they sent spies to check it out. The land was indeed very fruitful, but there were also men that looked like giants compared to their own physical stature. Fear spread through the camp that they looked like grasshoppers compared to the Canaanites. They were paralyzed with fear of the “We don’t measure up” comparison.
This type of fear has a mental measuring stick attached to a mirror in your brain. Future activities pass in front of the mirror and invite you to compare your abilities with those of the problem that you are about to face. Will you excell on your job? Will you be able to make the grades in school? Will you be dressed as well as others? Will you be able to win your race or finish ahead of others? Will you be better, stronger, faster, smarter, prettier, richer, or more impressive? Some get stuck with this evaluating thought, “I’ll never measure up”. This is especially difficult if you have been told by those you love, “You’re just not good enough.”
Words can bind us, but they can also free us. God knew that the Israelites would struggle with comparison. He anticipated their thoughts when He said, “When you say these nations are too strong for us”. Fear of comparison would lead them to be unsuccessful. Similarly, there are challenges that face us everyday, in which we feel inferior or incapable of being able to overcome what is in front of us.
God’s answer to fear of comparison was to lead them to Rehearsal Remembrance. Not only were they to remember how God had moved to help them in the past, they were to rehearse specific encounters like how He defeated Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
Remember how God has moved in the Bible stories. God has worked mightily throughout history as it has been recorded in the Bible. Rehearsing and remembering how God has engaged in the affairs of men and women can bring a great source of comfort and strengthening to address your current problem. I often speak to the bad weather that is approaching, “Do not come near my house”. I am remembering how Jesus spoke to the storm and it became still. The disciples said afterword, “who is this that can speak to the wind and the waves and they obey His voice.” My understanding is that God can change the weather outcome, because He has done it within the Bible. I have no power in my own words, but I know that I can ask, in the power of Jesus name.
Remember your salvation. The most dramatic changes in your life start with you conversion. It is good at times to remember how God rescued you from trouble. David remembered that God took him out of a miry pit and set him on solid rock. We are brought to thankfulness and gratitude when we remember from “whence we came.” If God can reach down to me when I am at my worst, then He can help me overcome my present situation.
Remember His faithfulness throughout your life. Perhaps you may want to keep a book of remembrance for the saving actions of God. I met a man recently who said that he had experienced many miracles. I invited him to share one. Without hesitation, he said, “I’ll give you my latest one.” He then went on to explain how God had answered prayer for healing for his mom’s recent cardiac arrest. Even remembering little things can bring the necessary encouragement to build up your faith to address the problem that you are now facing.
The little boy with the big friend usually walks around fearless. When we remember the abiding presence of God, our problems are not as big as they looked to us at first. Greater is He that is within us, than he that is in the world. God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will be present in the situation that you are now facing.
Be encouraged on this Fear Not Friday. God is with you. Nothing that you are about to face is bigger than him. Draw strength from the well of Rehearsing Remembrance of His mighty acts.
Blessing Love y’all