Today’s Scripture: And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: Deuteronomy 28:65-66

Moses stood before the camp. He had led them through the wilderness nearly forty years, and now it was almost time for them to enter the Promised Land. However, God had told him he would not enter the Promised Land because he had struck the rock twice. So, Moses stood before the people of Israel and reminded them of all that had happened – from God unleashing the plagues in Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, God’s faithfulness and provision throughout their trip through the wilderness, to the many failures of the Israelites and God’s punishments for their disobedience, rebellion, and discontent.

Moses then gave them a challenge – “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:” (Deuteronomy 28:1,15)

The world is against God. Because of that, God is against the world. The world doesn’t harken to the voice of God; they don’t do His commandments. In fact, many times, they declare the opposite of God’s Word is true. The world doesn’t want to admit there is a God, because they don’t want to be accountable. This is one reason why so many people fear death. Deep down, we know there is a God.

Living in enmity with God causes us to fear because we can’t have confidence. We know that we can’t fix everything, and we also know that we can’t always trust others because we will be taken advantage of. Fear then begins to rule our lives, and we will fear day and night.

But God doesn’t want us to live in fear. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith knows God is in control, fear doubts anything is in control. Faith knows God is good, fear doubts God’s goodness.

The world lives without God and is fearful because of it. If we live for Him, we won’t have to fear. Let’s obey His commandments and live in faith, not fear.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder