God used Joseph to bring Jacob's household to Egypt, and when the
appointed time came, He raised up Moses to bring His people out of the
bondage of Egypt. God allowed a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph to
afflict His people so that they might cry unto Him for help and be
willing to leave Egypt. This wicked Pharaoh commanded Hebrew midwifes
to kill the newborn Hebrew boys, but they feared God rather than man
and preserved the children alive. Then, Pharaoh ordered all his people
to cast newborn Hebrew boys into the river!
Moses was born during this perilous time, but his parents hid him for
three months "because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not
afraid of the king's commandment" (Heb 11:23). How could they do that?
By their faith in the living and true God and in His Word! God the
Creator is sovereign and mightier than man, but if you do not have
faith in Him, you will fear man when your life is threatened.
Jesus taught His disciples: "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" (Matt 10:28). However, due to human
weaknesses, the disciples still feared man and ran for their lives when
Jesus was arrested. And Peter denied Jesus three times, but he repented
and his faith was preserved through Jesus' prayer (Luke 22:32). That is
why Jesus commanded them to wait until the Holy Spirit came upon them
with His power. With the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter and the other
disciples boldly said to the Jewish leaders, "We ought to obey God
rather than men" (Acts 5:29). When we are afraid of man, let us turn to
the Lord, "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from
all my fears" What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee" The LORD is
on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Ps 34:4; 56:3;
118:6). Thank God "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Tim 1:7). Amen.
THOUGHT: More faith in God will result in less fear of man.
PRAYER: Lord, help me trust in Thee and fear Thee alone.