DAILY DEVOTIONAL, TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

 

JUDGES 6:23

Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

 

YAHWEH SENT AN “ANGEL OF THE LORD” TO INSTRUCT GIDEON, ASSIGNING TO HIM THE TASK OF SAVING ISRAEL.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, GIDEON WAS OVERWHELMED AND TERRIFIED, JUST AS ANY ONE OF US WOULD LIKELY BE.  HE WAS TERRIFIED, NOT ONLY AT THE ASSIGNMENT, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE APPEARANCE OF YAHWEH EVEN THOUGH VIA AN ANGEL, CAUSED GIDEON TO FEAR DEATH, FOR HE HAD SEEN THE ANGEL OF THE LORD FACE TO FACE.

GOD THEREBY ASSURED HIM THAT HE WOULD NOT DIE; THAT HE NEED NOT FEAR.

HOW OFTEN ARE WE RIDDEN WITH FEAR WHEN WE NEED NOT BE? DO WE SHAKE IN OUR SKIN/BOOTS AT THE VERY THOUGHT OF GOD’S APPEARANCE, OR AT THE FEAR OF WHAT HE MAY ASK US TO DO? LISTEN FOR HIS VOICE, HIS PRESENCE . . . .  HIS ASSURANCE.

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