Fearless Friday ~ Gaining Strength from Scripture in the Midst of Fear
It is completely understandable why Lot would be overcome with fear in Genesis 19:30. Let’s take a glance back at the origin of this fear. The sin in the city of Sodom was rife, so horrific that God sent angels to judge their sin on His behalf (Genesis 18:20-21). Lot greeted the angels at the city gate and offered them food and lodging (19:1-3). The fact that he urged them to stay in his house rather than sleeping in the town square indicates that he feared for their safety.
Lot’s house was surrounded by all the men of the city who demanded that he bring the men (angels) out so that they could “know” them, which denotes intimacy. The men of Sodom were perverse. Lot, in an attempt to protect the angels, offered his two daughters as an alternative, but the men rejected this offer and proceeded in their attempt to break the door down. The angels struck the men of Sodom blind and their attempts proved futile (19:4-11).
The angels led Lot and his family out of the city and warned them that they would be swept away if they stopped or looked back (19:18). Lot agreed with the angels that they would escape to the nearby city of Zoar (19:20-22) Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt (19:26). Although it was agreed that Lot would escape to Zoar, he was so filled with fear over all that he had experienced in recent days that he ran to the hills instead, and lived in a cave with his two daughters (19:30).
This is a just a very brief summary of events, but I hope enough to set the scene of Lot’s current fear. He had encountered sinful, perverse demands. He had been made to flee all that he knew. He had seen his wife turn to salt before his eyes. In a matter of days all that he knew became uncertain.
There are many lessons to be taken from this verse! All Lot had left was his family and he wanted to protect them.
Lot hid in a cave of fear.
Many of you this week are facing the fear of your children either starting, or returning to school. Sweet friends I cannot begin to imagine the feeling as I don’t have children, but I can look to Scripture for encouragement for you. I am sure you are feeling like you want to keep your children by your side and protect them ~ maybe you can relate to Lot in Genesis 19. He didn’t want any harm to come to either himself or his daughters so he hid them away in a cave of fear.
Maybe you have experienced trials or seen circumstances in the world around you that make you want to shelter your beloved child as long as possible. Or maybe you are hiding yourself in a cave of fear; so scarred from the past that you lack the confidence to step out into the world.
My dear friends, God cannot use us in this cave. We are called to go out and be salt and light to a lost world – to be in the world but not of it.
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14-16 ESV)
The incredible truth is that we do not go alone! Take a moment to soak up these incredible promises from the Lord…For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:5 ESV Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Give your fears, worries, and concerns to the Lord!Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Please do not let your past cause you to hide away from the world in a cave of fear. Remember that: “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV.
I pray that God would use you, and your children this week!
Step out of the Cave of Fear in FAITH
and Have a Fearless Friday!
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