JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS
Joshua 2:9-11 – 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
When God is with us, who can be against us? The terror of God can cause the fear of the Lord come upon people. Rahab was telling of the great fear that came upon Jericho. It caused the people to faint (have the vapors) and the hearts to melt. The stories of Israel conquering other nations had come to their ears. Israel was a nomadic nation at this time. They had no permanent home and would be considered feeble. Yet they had a weapon that was more formidable than any weapon any nation had. That weapon was God.
We have a weapon in our life that no one can see. Yet it brings great fear. It causes atheists to fight against a God that they claim does not exist. For some that are lost, it brings fear but not repentance. For some of the saved they try to slink around and hide their sin because of fear. The shame is, there is no longer fear or shame of God.
The sin that used to slink down a back alley in shame. Now, it parades down the middle of main street with pride and advertising their sin. There is no longer shame in the sin that is committed.
We should be ashamed of the sins we commit and repent. We should warn others that God hates sin. Let us proclaim that God will stand in judgment of this world and will hold all sinners accountable. God will be with us as we proclaim His name.
Now go tell someone about Christ.