Fear Devotional, Part 1


In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. Genesis 32:7 NIV

I have often wrestled with this question:

Could my greatest fears be God’s greatest opportunity to express His glory through me?

As I read the stories of the characters in the Bible, I see men and women who faced enormous fears…challenges far beyond their own natural abilities, and yet it was in those times, when they obediently followed God’s plan for their life, that God seemed to do some of His greatest work.

Jacob was surely afraid to meet his brother after their time of separation. He had tricked Esau out of his birthright. Esau could have killed him. Instead, because of Jacob’s obedience, God transforms a man who was to play a large part in the lineage of Christ.

What are you facing today that scares you to death?

Over the next few weeks, every Saturday, I want to explore the issue of fear. It is my prayer that these will challenge us to step out in faith to accept God’s call on our life, regardless of our fears.

Who would be bold enough to share their greatest fear?

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5 thoughts on “Fear Devotional, Part 1

  1. Ron, As I shared with you yesterday that my 13 year old daughter had passed away. I had been so open to giving my family to God before her death. What ever God wanted He could have. Since her death I have found it so hard to give God my family in fear of something happening to another one of them. I know in my head that if something is going to happen it will no matter what I choose. I just find this an extremely and major fear for me at this time.

  2. I love your question and it's one I deal with often. I ask, "How can God use someone like me?" Then I realize that God shows His strength through our weakness. Mark Twain said, "courage is resistence to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." God told Joshua, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." How reassuring it is to know that God is always with me. He knows my heart; He knows all about me; He will always be there for me… very comforting. As always, enjoy your posts. I get much godly wisdom & insight from them. This one was especially helpful! Thank you brother Ron & God bless!