February 17, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 33

Unfounded Fears

In these verses, we see:

  1. The last leg of Jacob’s journey back home,
  2. Esau embrace his brother Jacob,
  3. Esau accept Jacob’s gift,
  4. And Jacob, still the deceiver, has no intention of following Esau

Today’s “Walk-a-way”:

Have you ever let irrational fears control of you? Have you made decisions in your life to prepare for those irrational fears? Have you prepared your mind, because you really believed that these things would happen the way you feared? Have you played the role of a false-prophet?

Many fears are unfounded.  They are not based upon any sound evidence.  Most of the time they actually contradict what God has promised us.  

For application, I want us to more FEARLESSLY trust God in our lives

In Genesis 32:7 Jacob seemed to reach the peak of his FEAR in regards to meeting Esau. Jacob was scared even though GOD told him to go back there, and even though God told Jacob, “I WILL BE WITH YOU” in Genesis 31:3.  

We even see Jacob organize the people traveling with him in order to prepare for his fears.  How have you done something similar in your life?

God told Jacob what to do and PROMISED that He would be with him, and Jacob was still scared! Initially, I’m thinking, “How could you be afraid? God is with you!  He promised to prosper you!”  What a relief it must have been in Genesis 33:4 when Jacob’s fears proved to be unfounded.

This can easily relate to us, because God tells us the same types of things. God tells us where to go, then promises us that He will be with us.

Yet through all of this, we are still scared to obey, afraid of the unknown, letting irrational and unfounded fears cloud out God’s Word, promises, and calling on our lives.  

Here’s a question to ponder today:

In what ways is God calling you to stop trying to control your situation in order to prepare for your fears, but rather to trust Him and His promise that He will be with you?

Here’s an assignment:

Read Isaiah 41:9b-10 and Isaiah 41:13:  What is the basis, or foundational reasoning, that we shouldn’t fear?

By: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

8 thoughts on “February 17, 2016”

  1. Isaiah 41:13
    For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

    Thanks for the commentary today, Sam, and reminding us to put away unfounded and irrational fears.

    Romans 8:31b
    If God is for us, who can be against us?

    We are indeed more than conquerors when we remember whose we are.

  2. Thank you, Pastor Sam! What an encouraging passage of Scripture.

    “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
    “The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

  3. Thanks for the commentary, Sam. As soon as I saw the title “unfounded fear”, I knew this post was going to speak straight to my heart. I let my irrational fears overshadow truth more often than I like to admit. Good reminder to read Isaiah 41:10 and 41:13! 🙂

  4. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go;
    I will guide you with My eye.” — Psalm 32:8

    No more precious assurance can I have, than this — that I am under the
    constant, loving guidance of my heavenly Father — that He appoints the
    bounds of my habitation, and overrules all events for my good — that my
    whole life is a plan arranged by Him. Every apparent little contingency, as
    well as every momentous turn and crisis-hour — forms part of that plan!
    “God examines every path a man takes.” “A man’s heart devises his way
    — but the Lord directs his steps.”

    Believer, go up and on your way — rejoicing in the teaching and guidance
    of unerring Wisdom! “I will guide you with My eye.” The sleepless eye of
    Israel’s un-slumbering Shepherd is upon you by day and by night — in
    sickness and in health — in joy and in sorrow — in life and in death!
    “Does not He who weighs the heart, perceive it? Does not He who guards
    your life, know it?” “But the Lord watches over those who fear Him, those
    who rely on His unfailing love.” (MacDuff)

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  5. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 Convicting this morning, too many times I have let my fears hold me back, even time after time God has provided, and has never left me to fend for my own, oh my, how easy do I tend to forget how gracious my God is. Thanks Sam for this Reminder.

  6. Jacob’s fear of lack of acceptance by Esau proved unfounded as he insisted that Esau take his peace offering. Yet, with his other hand he walked in deceit, lying to his brother about following him. Perhaps his heart of deceit underlying his gift is his real source of fear. God had blessed him immeasurably despite himself, yet Jacob still held on to a measure of control by not simply speaking truthfully. It’s almost like a magician’s slight-of-hand move, sure that no one sees. Perhaps another question could be, “In our offerings are we secretly holding out in order to assure ourselves a back up plan?”

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