Be Not Afraid: Why Not?by Robert Gamble
September 17, 2009
Pro 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
When I read this passage, one of my biggest background questions is:
Why Not?” Why not be afraid? When the wicked are consumed, it is a terrible thing and it can affect me greatly…why not be afraid?
For example the wicked run most of our civilization, when their system collapses, why shouldn’t I be afraid?
When the money fails, and people are running around like hoodlums, why shouldn’t I be afraid…?!
That’s right Stop.
The question you are really asking is “God if I should not be afraid, then you must be in charge some how.”
There are two avenues to go:
- God you will protect me because you love me
- God you will establish my paths so that they build your kingdom regardless of my well being.
Interestingly enough the passage does not guarantee our safety, it does indirectly guarantee, however, that our work will be used for the kingdom; that the work we do will not fall to the ground.
As Moses said (Psalm 90) “establish thou the work of our hands, yeah establish thou it.”
Actually if you read the Proverbs passage further you will see that God is a loving God and desires fruit. The option of taking you out as in a Pawn in a Chess game is not really his desire.
His desire is to have you prosper, so that you will take the banner ahead. Observe the next verse:
Pro 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
There is purpose in your position before the wicked. You are the light. They are the darkness, and by your stand they are exposed. In them being exposed it appears that we will be swept away with the darkness like they are, but God will “work it out” where you will not be moved in your position.
Your feet will be on solid ground, namely the word of God, the laws of God, and God will honor your picture of Him in the earth.
One paradigm of life is that being a Christian we are pictures of God, we are Sons of God.
In being Sons of God we represent God to man, as a priest represents God to man, man to God. We are to be Priests and Kings before the most High God (Revelation 1:6).
So in being a representative (an ambassador of state) we stand before men with the power of God. When we raise a standard (law of God) before them, they baulk, spit in furry, and breathe threatenings and terror in our direction, but God promises to use up their anger to implode their systems of existence.
In other words, they may fume, they may pour out wrath, but God promises to hold us firm in our position.
So the martyrs during the times of the Romans, could be rest assured that what they were sacrificing for was a kingdom, a kingdom that was being built. As Christ said “Blessed are those that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
Their blood, as commentators have well said “was the seed of the Church.” I would add one to that, “was the seed of the great righteous kingdom.”
It may appear that our position is waning, that our lot in life is bleak, but God is raising up problems our way so that we, the Church, and our fellow Christian brethren can stand before men with the light God has given us, and then God will establish us as pylons in the sand that cannot be moved.
As Peter said “The Church is the pillar and ground of the Truth.” The pillar that God seeks to establish in the earth is a Church that stands for righteousness and teaches the nations (Isaiah 2:2-4).
So we should not be afraid of sudden fear, as the Psalmist says “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
There is purpose in our walk, and God is there to mature us, so that we can help others.
Next time…How Our Sufferings Are Not For Ourselves.