Live by faith not fear

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Fully Alive”
Our Bible verse for today: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:4-5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Live by faith not fear.”
You may remember from your own study of the Bible that early in the book of Numbers the nation of Israel was in the wilderness with God. They had escaped from Egypt and God was leading them to the Promised Land. But rather than taking them by the most direct and easiest route along the coast, He instead made them take the longer, more difficult, and more dangerous route through the wilderness.
The reason God did that was because there were some lessons He wanted the people to learn regarding faith and trust and fully depending on Him. They were going to have to be confident and courageous if they were going to enter the Promised Land, fight the battles, and win the victories that God had planned for them. They could not be fearful as they faced their challenges. So, their time in the wilderness would be a time of training for them. There they would learn to depend on God and to trust Him. They were not to live in fear.
I recently read a statement regarding that trek to the Promised Land which made that same point: “Before they can succeed, however, they must deal with the fear and doubt that grip them. God requires that those called by His Name put their faith in Him alone. Numbers shows the process by which He brings His people to that place of trust and leads them into blessing.”
That was true for them and it’s also true for us. We are not to live in fear. We too must learn to approach our challenges with confidence and courage as we depend on, and trust in, the Lord. And likewise, sometimes our life situations can seem like a trek through the wilderness, but that’s our time of training. It’s when we learn to trust God.
We will not be fully alive, living the life God wants for us, until we have learned to depend on Him and to trust Him. The people of God live by faith not fear.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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