January 4, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies,
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?