The Cost of Fear

“Before they went to sleep, [Rahab] came up to them on the roof 9and said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that dread of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt in fear before you. 10For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11As soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no courage left in any of us because of you. The LORD your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.

~ Joshua 2:8-11

The passage above takes place in the Book of Joshua.  The Israelites have spent 40 years wandering in the desert.  They are now ready to cross into the promised land.  Joshua sent two spies to check out the land of Jericho and make a full report.  Rahab is a prostitute in the city of Jericho who takes in the spies and protects them.  And she gives them a startling report.  Rahab tells them that they heard about the parting of the Red Sea.  The event was so incredible that it left a 40 year mark on the spirits of the Canaanites.  The story she is telling them is 40 years old, but fear still grips their hearts!

I am left asking myself if God still works like He did then.  Does God still do miracles in our lives that leave a 40 year impression on the hearts of the people around us?  Does God work in our lives in such a way that it leaves any impression on the people around us?  I wonder if they see our faith and exclaim like the prostitute, Rahab, “The Lord your God is indeed the God of heaven and earth”!

Rahab’s exclamation also leaves us considering something else…40 years before this moment the Israelites stood at the edge of the Jordan.  They sent 12 spies rather than two spies.  And they turned in fear and ran back toward the desert.  They did not know the Canaanites were trembling in fear on the other side of the Jordan as well.  They did not realize that God had already given them victory.  And they lost 40 years because of their fear.

Is fear keeping us from being the people God wants us to be?  Is fear keeping us from claiming territory God has already promised?  Is fear causing us to lose time and sleep?

God has called us each by name.  He has given us a task and a purpose.  It may be slightly different for each of us, but they all glorify God.  Each task and purpose we are given is purposed to lift God up that all would see our good works and proclaim with the prostitute, Rahab, “The Lord your God is God of heaven and earth”!

Step out on faith today!  Seize God’s plan and purpose.  Glorify God and may your faith leave a resounding gong that says “Jesus Christ is Lord over all”!

Keep fighting the good fight of faith!

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