I will not be afraid!
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 31
Then Jesus told them, This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [Matthew 26:31]
Both Jesus and Moses are looking ahead to when their followers will fall away.
This must have been a hard time for both of them.
Moses had spent 40 years with this people, they had bonded through their wilderness journey, though he was painfully aware of their weakness.
But he also knows that they will fail.
And so he encourages them to stay focused on God: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. [Deuteronomy 31:8]
Like a parent giving final instructions to their child leaving the home.
They know that they will have to make their own mistakes, that in fact they will probably fail in some ways.
But that’s reality, and in that reality they need to be encouraged to remember the Lord.
Like Moses, Jesus encourages us as well.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. [Luke 12:32].
This is our confidence.
The Lord is going with us, the Father is on our side.
We may leave and forsake Him, but He will never leave or forsake us.
We are like a flock of sheep, easily distracted, easily deceived, easily defeated.
But our confidence is in the Good Shepherd, Who though He was struck down for a moment, has risen victorious.
Through Him God’s kingdom is re-established and we are guaranteed the ultimate victory.
Short term we will stumble, short term we will face challenges.
But ultimately we can be courageous and confident.
I find this message inspiring for myself as I consider the great opportunities and challenges that lie before us as a church.
I am assaulted by fears and doubts, but then I remind myself that though the battle may be tough, the outcome is guaranteed.
As we serve in Falby Court, we can be assured that the LORD himself goes before us and will be with us; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. [Deuteronomy 31:8]
Lord, I will not be afraid, I will not be discouraged. I refuse to give the enemy more credit than You.