DO NOT BE AFRAID

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28)

 Leslie M. John

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28)

Very often man thinks that he is facing temptations beyond his capacity could endure them; but the word of God says that there is no temptation which is not common to man and God is faithful not to allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity.  He will also provide a way for us to escape from such temptations and anything beyond is our willful falling into sin (Ref. 1 Corinthians 10:13)

Bible says God does not tempt anyone but He will surely test His children to make them as perfect as man could possibly become.

“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man”  (James 1:13)

It was according to the plan of the LORD that the children of Israel journeyed through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea instead of going though the way of the land of Philistines; although the latter was nearer route to the Promised Land.

God allowed them not to go through the land of Philistines because the children of Israel, who were slaves in Egypt for more than four hundred years, would prefer to return to Egypt in fear when they face the wars while passing through the lands of other nations (Ref. Exodus 13:17-18). 

Later when they came to Kadesh-barnea, which was close to the Promised Land they decided to send spies to search out the Promised Land. God had already told them that the land was given to them but when they insisted on spying out the land He gave them over to their desire and chastised them by allowing them to wander in the wilderness for forty years before their next generation led by Joshua and Caleb possessed the land.

“Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 1:21)

How apt it is that when we find ourselves in longer route we usually do not recognize as to why the Lord is not leading us by the nearest route until we see the end result which will be for good for those who believe in Him. Paul writes:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

When the children of Israel were at the Red Sea they were afraid. They saw the sea in front of them and behind them Pharaoh’s army, his chariots and horses. As the Pharaoh’s army was fast approaching them to take hold of them the children of Israel cried out to the LORD and they questioned Moses as to why he brought them out of Egypt as if there were no graves in Egypt for their dead bodies to be buried. They thought they would die either way. If they proceeded further they would die in the Red Sea and if they did not, then Pharaoh’s army would capture them and make them slaves again or kill them in the wilderness.  However, Moses encouraged them saying, “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…” (Exodus 14:13) and he continued saying:

“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace”. (Exodus 14:14)

As per the LORD’s instructions Moses lifted up the rod, which was in his hand, over the Red Sea and the sea parted into two. The LORD hardened the hearts of the Egyptians and they followed the children of Israel.  The angel of God, who went before them moved and went behind then and the pillar of cloud which went before their face moved and stood behind them.

The pillar of cloud was a cloud of darkness to Pharaoh and his army but it gave light by night to the children of Israel.  All the children of Israel, their cattle walked on the dry ground in the midst of the Red Sea and on their right hand side and on the left hand side the waters of the parted Red sea stood like walls. 

After their safe passage on the dry ground in the midst of the Red Sea Moses stretched forth his rod over the Red sea again and the waters merged to become one again.

The LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the Red Sea.  When the people of Israel saw that they are saved by the miracle that the LORD did they believed in God and Moses, the servant of the LORD,  (Ref. Exodus 14:22-31)

 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28)