Do Not Be Afraid

Wendy Pope

Day: 20 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 20

Deuteronomy 20:1 (NIV) When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Sometimes I feel like I am in a battlefield, with flaming arrows being hurled at me from every direction. The attacks are so close and frequent I begin to wonder if God sees or even cares. Do you ever feel this way?

These thoughts are so misleading. God does see, and He does care. No matter how troublesome our circumstances are, we don’t have to be afraid.

Moses knew it was possible God’s people could be overwhelmed and even fearful when they faced the enemy in the Promised Land. He takes the opportunity to debrief the people on war strategies before crossing the Jordan and claiming the Promised Land. The Israelites were no strangers to war. They faced hostility and conflict during their 40 years of desert wandering. King Sihon of Heshbon (Deuteronomy 2:26-37) and King Og of Bashan (Deuteronomy 3:1-11) opposed their safe passage. The Lord took offense and gave his people victory over their enemies. God takes offense when His children are assaulted.

It’s unlikely you or I will face the silhouette of our enemy engulfed in the dust of chariots and horses with flaring nostrils. However, war with the enemy is probable. And though physical assaults aren’t likely, spiritual attacks are a given. Let’s face it; God’s people are no strangers to warfare.

Just as the kings of Heshbon, Og and many other kingdoms didn’t want God’s people to live successfully in God’s land of promise, we have an enemy who feels the same way about us. Satan, our enemy, wants to keep us from living a victorious life in Christ.

I’m not sure what you are facing today but let me encourage you with the truth we find in today’s key verse: “do not be afraid … because the LORD your God … will be with you.”

While directed to the nation of Israel, this is a universal truth. Our God is omnipresent. This means God is present in all places and all times. Right now, in this very moment, and even though we are thousands of miles apart, He is fully present with you and fully present with me.

In the battle you are facing, He is with you. In my current situation He is with me. He will bring us to a place of victory. We don’t have to be overwhelmed. God has overcome what overtakes us.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

When the enemy rises up against you, remember victory belongs to you because of who lives in you! 

Prayer: Lord, help me to be overwhelmed by Your presence rather than my problems. I don’t want to lose hope of Your good plan for me. I will be victorious because You are in me and greater than anything that seeks to overcome me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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