By Jon Walker
We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. Numbers 13:30b
When the Israelites first approached the borders of Canaan, Moses sent scouts into the Promised Land to assess the situation. Ten of the scouts came back with reports that focused on the giants in the land, men so big and powerful the scouts feared they could not be defeated.
However, two of the scouts focused on the promise from God that he would hand the land over to the Israelites. One of those scouts, Caleb, silenced the others when he said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Num. 13:30).
Caleb trusted God instead of trusting his own fear. The opposite of fear is faith, the belief that Jesus is capable of handling anything we may face in life. But operating out of faith means we must rely on Jesus, remaining dependent on him to see us through any issue.
He brings us to a choice: Will we trust God or will we trust our own fears?
The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10a). In other words, we hold God in reverence, recognizing his sovereignty, authority, and omnipotence—his ability to protect us in any situation.
And we reach that level of trust by knowing the Father and understanding his character: “[K]nowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10b). We know and understand the Father by following Jesus.
“To see me is to see the Father,” says Jesus. “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act” (John 14:9b–10 msg).
Your fear simply reveals a place where you aren’t yet trusting in Jesus. Don’t stay stuck in your fear, and don’t receive condemnation for your lack of faith. Jesus wants to move you past that into a place where your fears are replaced by faith. Follow him and learn to trust.
Like the old adage: “Easier said than done!” Fear still sneaks around the hallways, waiting for the right moment to disarm my nerve. I’m ready for it but not quite! Sometimes. 🙂
But we know that God is not the author of fear or confusion. So we can be aware that it’s the ole pd pitchfork dude. I agree. Easier said than done. But a worthy goal.
Fear is a beast! appreciate the clarity that you provide. God is merciful and wants us to be free to experience faith!
Thank you for your comments. Even though there is a further clarity, owning it is still difficult. We find ourselves slipping back into fear at the oddest moments, don’t we? Of course, we know where fear originates. And it’s definitely not from God. Remembering that fact helps in those moments when we feel like fear will overtake us as though we were looking upward at a 90 foot wave.