Israel had experienced how God guided them out of Egypt by the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. If anyone had seen miracles it was the people of Egypt, yet these people were afraid. About the time they arrived at the Red Sea, Egypt had finished mourning the loss of their first born and Pharaoh sent his elite troops to corner Israel at the edge of the water. Immediately fear showed up. Maybe you have experienced Gods power and Gods love, even deliverance and healing and yet you find yourself under the attack of fear. As soon as the circumstances turned negative, the people forgot the pains of slavery, and wished for the cemeteries of Egypt.
Fear finds a reason to pass blame, to burrow into the past, to blame self and others. In this case they blamed God and Moses. The people imagined themselves dead. Negative imaginations of the past and the future are symptomatic of fear.
Fear identifies you with your trouble. You and your circumstances become one. God’s view is the opposite. You are his beloved. No matter what you have lost, you are not a loser. No matter what life circumstances have done to you, you are not a victim, you are a victor. God sees you identified with Christ.
Standing on the brink of the Red Sea Israel were trapped by fear, awed by Egypt’s power to kill and enslave rather than in wonder of God who had proven himself again and again as the great deliverer.
The remedy for fear is love because there is no fear in love and perfect love cast out fear (1 John 4). Empathy, analysis of the situation, or even the kindest support group is not enough, only an immersion into the love of God sets us free. John, the apostle, writes, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears, has not been made perfect in love” (v.18).
Many put faith and fear as opposites, while the Scripture is clear that love is the anti-thesis of fear. To be sure faith is important, but it only works by live (Gal 5:6), so the real remedy for fear is a baptism is God’s love.
To be continued…