Overcoming Fear – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday May 5, 2021.
TOPIC: Overcoming Fear
Read Exodus 14:10-22.
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” 19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.
20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever (Exodus 14:13.)
Fear is innate in humans. Psychologists believe that human beings are all born with two different kinds of fear: the fear of fall and the fear of noise *(sound, vibration and news). It is true that we all react to our fears of not wanting to fail an examination, project, or appointment. Also, the tendency is there to quiver when there is a sudden sound, or an unpleasant news.
Assuredly however, fear is an illusion. It is not tangible; it is not real. We create it in our minds and develop it until it becomes real. Look at the outcry of Job in Job 3:25. Obviously, what he had been envisaging and was to a large extend, scared of, that led him to offer those sacrifices to God on his children’s behalf, were the things that befell him. Fear has his acronym, False-Evidence-Appearing- Real, which shows it as a mere mirage – something that appears to be real but is unreal; a figment of your imagination that appears real and scary, but later discovered to be unreal upon closer examination.
God instructed Moses to tell the Isrealites to relax because the Egyptians they saw then, they would see no more (Exod. 14:13). These were the same Egyptians who had so tormented them to the extent that they liaised with their Midwives to tactically reduce their population and military strengths. This is worth mentioning on this auspiy International Midwives’Day. Thank God for those godly midwives and those of them today who would not subscribe to ungodly advances. Mirage are those things that seem to be real, but as we get close to them, they disappear. Those Egyptians were mere mirage, as far as God was concerned. Do you know that is the way God sees those tough situations in your life? That is why you must align with Him to calm the storms of your life.
What are your fears? If you can drop them at the feet of Christ, they will disappear like a mirage. They may look insurmountable today, like the Egyptians, but with God on your side, they are nothing. Cast all your care (fear) on Him, for He cares for you ( 1 Pet. 5:7).
- Lord, deliver me from the power and grip of fear
- Lord, make the fears of my life disappear like mere mirage.
- Lord, deliver our nation from oppression o aggression, both internally and externally.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Sam. 27:6 – 30:21; Luke 22:9 – 22:30.
Author: CAC Worldwide