Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.

The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land. (Numbers 21:33-35)

Fear Not

(25/365 days of Fear Not)

As I walk through the scriptures to discover whether the phrase, Do not be afraid, indeed appears 365 times, I come across verses like the one quoted above and I can’t help but think, Okay, so it does say, Don’t be afraid, but how can that possibly be applicable to the average person today?

I’m not planning a march across foreign lands.

I’m not planning on running into enemy kings who want to challenge me on that journey.

I’m not planning on doing battle with anyone today.

Or am I?

Sometimes, it’s too easy to read passages about God taking down enemies of the Israelites and become confused, or even more, to question God’s motivation or His actions. (To that last one, I’ll simply say that He’s big enough to handle our questions, but even as He told Job, Where were you at the foundation of the earth? Did you stretch the plumb line by which I laid the foundation stone? Were you there singing with the angels when the earth, the sea, and the sky exploded into existence? There are things that God does that we cannot and will not understand.)

And so, back to this particular passage that tells Moses, and us when we read it, not to be afraid. God is about to deliver Og into the hands of Moses just like He did with Sihon.

Of course had Sihon and Og kept to themselves, neither would have been handed over to their death.

Moses wanted nothing more than peaceful passage through the land in order to reach his destination and they refused. They chose to stand in his way.

But I’m not planning to move through foreign lands.

Or am I?

Is my God-given dream and purpose one that moves against the culture? Is it one that challenges the status quo or the mediocrity or apathy with which the world has become too comfortable. Then I will be moving through foreign lands.

But I’m not planning on running into enemy kings who want to challenge me on that journey.

Or should I?

If my God-given dream and purpose is going to challenge the status quo and the selfishness and mediocrity that has fallen heavily onto the culture, will I not face the enemy of God as well as naysayers and haters as I move forward with God?

I’m not planning on doing battle with anyone today.

But I may.

Isn’t that why the Creator encourages me to put on the full armor of God every day? Because He knows that there will be spiritual warfare along the way. Especially if I am pursuing the dream and purpose that God planted in my heart long before I discovered it and began living it out.

Even so, as I face these moments and these naysayers and obstacles, God is with me. He assures me, Don’t be afraid. I’ll take care of this.

Isn’t that what He did when He entered the world as a baby? Isn’t that what He did when He died on the cross and rose from the grave?

When I live out my dream and my purpose with God, there is nothing I need to fear.

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