Motivated by fear:
Emotion can be a mighty motivator at times. When we as humans are afraid of a situation or possible outcome, it prompts us to ask in a way to prevent or avoid the projected occurrence. Just like a mother will worry over he children catching colds and insist they wear warm cloths on the cooler days, many non-believers and even some believers will worry over what will happen in their future.
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Matthew 6:34 reminds us not to worry about tomorrow because we have plenty of things to focus on today. Remember the sparrows in Matthew chapter 10? If you are an avid reader of my blog, I expect you should. If you are a daily Bible reader, you should also be familiar with God’s plan and His constant reminder that He is in control. In worrying, we have not the power to change anything. We simply create stress and illness in our lives.
Now in this section of chapter eleven of Revelation, the two witnesses after laying dead in the streets for three days are filled with the breath of life and stand to their feet. It brings images of several zombie movies to mind. But, these men were sent by God and this resurrection was always part of the plan. The problem here is the people who have been celebrating the death of the witnesses do not know God’s plan or they would be expecting this to happen.
“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”
After God tells the two to stand up, He calls them to heaven and they ascend. It isn’t until after the great earth quake hits killing seven thousand people and destroying a tenth of the city that they cry out to God and gave Him the glory. Whether this is an act of genuine respect and remorse or an act of fear I cannot be certain. Either way we should remember the example here and not wait for the Lord to shake thing up in our lives before we turn to Him.
When we act solely upon emotion, many times we are not clear in our direction or genuine in decision. Thought many believers will seek far and wide for an experience or travel to a place where they believe they will come face to face with God, the miss the point of faith completely. Faith is believing without pomp and circumstance, it’s simply knowing through a peace in your heart the God exists and is in control. Many times He speaks with a still small voice while we are looking for fireworks and grand displays of power.
Little Sparrows, we should not be motivated to act in response to fear unless it is to humble ourselves with the fear of God and His righteousness.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.”
I pray you have a bless day and seek the peace of God that is beyond understanding. If you struggle with fear, I pray you will ask God to calm it and allow Him to guide your thoughts and actions instead of letting your emotions take control.