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In The Face Of Fear

In the Face of Fear

By Carolyn Dale Newell

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2a NKJV

She hushed the sobs of her infant son. Jochebed nestled him close to her chest as she began feeding him. Each day, it grew more difficult to hide her growing baby.

She had concealed her blossoming belly during her last months of pregnancy. For three months, the family had successfully kept the newborn’s presence a secret, especially from the Egyptians. Soon, someone would find out either from the baby’s cries or the stench of dirty diapers. Now, it was time to follow Pharaohs’ command and cast her male child into the river.

Jochebed’s family gathered the pitch, asphalt, and bull rushes needed to construct a miniature ark, a little waterproof cradle for baby Moses.

Fear had stared them in the face daily. Fear of the Egyptians. Fear of losing their other children. Fear of death. Now, as Jochebed kissed her baby tenderly, images flashed through her mind. Crocodiles could devour him. Mosquitos could feast upon him. The Egyptians could still kill him, but Jochebed trusted God.

Born in the priestly line of Levi, Moses parents knew this baby boy was special. Jochebed sent her daughter, Miriam, to   watch what might happen to her little brother as he drifted among the reeds. As God providentially planned, Pharaohs’ daughter came to the river bank to bathe. She saw the little ark among the reeds. Her maids retrieved it for her. She heard the cries of the abandoned child, and she was filled with compassion for him. She kept him for her own. Miriam slipped out from her hiding spot and offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him. Pharaohs’ daughter gladly hired Jochebed to care for Moses.

The family of Moses saw the face of fear constantly, but in the face of fear, they chose faith. Faith is cautious. Wisdom told the family not to flaunt the baby’s presence. Faith acted in wisdom to keep him under wraps.

Faith rewards. Jochebed received the great joy of welcoming little Moses back to her home. She raised her child while Pharaoh’s daughter paid her wages. Many years later, Israel reaped the rewards of Jochebed’s faith when Moses delivered them out of Egypt.

In Scripture, water often symbolizes trouble. This Israelite family was troubled about their child. The floating ark Moses rested in is the same Hebrew word used for Noah’s ark. The ark represents Christ. When we are in Christ, He delivers us out of our troubles. In the same way, Moses was rescued from the Nile, Christ rescues His own.

What fear do you face today? Does it concern your family, your job, or your health? Is it a dangerous situation? Is it a fear of being shunned or rejected?

Today, you have a choice. You can choose fear and live paralyzed in your situation, or you can choose faith. Faith frees. Fear freezes. Choose faith, and reap the rewards that accompany a life of faith.

Lord God, increase our faith. Give us the courage to choose faith, not submitting to fear. We have nothing to fear because You are in control. Thank You,In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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STRAIGHTENING THE CURVES OF LIFE

STRAIGHTENING THE CURVES OF LIFE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NkJV

Do you continually feel your life is taking detours? Do roadblocks halt your journey? Perhaps, you are steering off course.

I cannot walk a straight line. Some blind folks tend to veer. I am a veerer. I can walk on the left side of the street until I reach an intersection. After I cross Fifth Street, I find myself on the right side of the street, instead of the left side, where I wanted to be. Not only did I cross Fifth Street, but I veered over to the opposite side.

This is dangerous because a car could easily hit me.

Now that I walk with Iva, my guide dog, she keeps me on a straight path.

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in places we did not intend to go. However, God will direct our paths, just like Iva directs me.

There are three prerequisites to this promise. First, we must trust God. We need to firmly believe He has our best in mind (Jer. 29:11). We face life’s trials with confidence in God’s plan for us.

Our trust in the Lord must be complete. Notice the word “all” in our verse. It is a small word with a large meaning. We don’t pick and choose which areas of life we will trust God with. We trust Him in all things, and with all our heart. Our minds say we trust Him, but at times, our hearts tremble. That is not trusting God with all our heart.

Next, don’t lean on our understanding. Again, we don’t give God full reign in some areas of life, but try to handle certain parts on our own. We can never and will never do life better than God.

Acknowledge God. Every matter in life can find a solution in the Bible. God’s Word gives specific directions for marriage and raising children. It instructs us in our finances.

Another way God guides us is through prayer. Start praying about your predicament. Soon, God will speak. You will read a devotional and a Scripture will pop up as you hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “That is for you.”

For a second time, the little word “all” appears. As before, that means we take it all to Him.

Once we stop attempting to fix our problems on our own. When we have complete confidence in God. When we pray and wait for His answer before making a decision. When we do all of that … God will direct our paths.

“Direct our Paths” is “kata” in Greek, and it is translated “to make straight” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. It also means “guide” in Luke 1:79.

We know God navigates our paths better than we can, but we need to be intentional about it. Our nature leans toward making decisions without first consulting our heavenly Father. It goes against the grain to forbid worry from occupying our thoughts. When we make faith and consulting a habit, we will have the assurance that we are on the right path, the path planned by God.

Lord, we trust You, but we need to trust You in all things. Help us do that. We give You total control of the paths we walk. Help us resist being a back-seat driver to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Proverbs 3.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Memorize todays’ focal verses. Place them in your Bible or around your home as a reminder to hand it all over to God.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.