Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The Lord said to me, “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 the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors. At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages. (Deuteronomy 3:1-5)
(34/365 days of Fear Not)
Living out your God-given dream and purpose is not all about the doing of things.
Sometimes it’s about the rests, the beats in between the doing.
Consider it a regrouping. Consider it a time when God goes out ahead of you as you get some much-needed rest. Consider it a means of being filled so that you can pour yourself into the adventure and into the lives you will touch along the way.
Consider it a time to remember how far God has brought you and how He has helped you defeat the fears and overcome the obstacles on your path.
Because, let’s face it, even when you are where you’re supposed to be, even when you are living out the purpose that God planted inside you, the enemy makes good use of fear and doubt and naysayers to slow you down and trip you up.
That’s why it’s important to take some time to recall and recount the story God has written for you so far.
That’s what Moses did as he and the Israelites came to terms with knowing that they would not enter the promised land because of their lack of faith and their grumbling and their persistent rebellion.
Even so, Moses reminded all of them how faithful God had been and how faithful He remained. He recounted the times that God fought the battles and defeated their enemies. He recalled the miracles that God had performed, the fortified walls and cities breached, the waters parted, the quail and the manna provided.
Living out the dream God gives you brings challenges. And it riles up the enemy because there is nothing that inspires the enemy to act more than someone who is abiding in Jesus and walking daily with Him to bring hope and light and love into this hurting world.
That’s the ultimate purpose each of us has: to bring the Kingdom to bear upon this world. To be salt, light, hope, goodness, kindness, peace, love.
And sometimes, in order to do that, we need to rest, remember and recount God’s goodness.
Take that, fear.