When I started writing Little Faith, Big God on the men and women in Hebrews 11, I quickly realized their stories were too rich to skim over in one book. As I considered how to divide the group, Hebrews 11:34 (NLT) arrested my attention.
Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.”
Since I don’t like battles or weaknesses, I wanted to learn more.
- What were their weaknesses?
- What were their battles?
- How did they become mighty in battle?
- How does this apply to you and me?
This showed me how to divide Hebrews 11 into two books. Little Faith, Big God would cover Abel through the patriarchs (and Samson), and Little Strength, Big God would look at those whose weakness was turned to strength in battle.
Little Strength, Big God begins with Hebrews 11:23.
It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command” (Heb. 11:23 NLT).
This first story took me to the frightening circumstances surrounding Moses’s birth.
Moses’s parents and the Hebrew midwives lived as oppressed slaves under a king with an ego the size of Jupiter. When this ruler commanded that every Hebrew baby boy be killed, they were thrown into an epic battle. How could two slaves resist a ruler who thought he was a god?
To obey the king was to disobey God. To disobey the king could mean forfeiting their own lives. The clash between right and wrong and life and death became their proving ground. Where did they find the wisdom and strength for such a battle?
They Feared God
But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too” (Ex. 1:17 NLT).
Fear of God rescued these slaves from fear of a powerful ruler. Fear of God gave them the wisdom and courage to defy their king. And God was pleased with them and gave them families of their own.
Can you think of a person or situation that threatens or intimidates you? Whose favor do you feel pressured to earn? Are you tempted to cave in fear? Or perhaps you feel justified to lash out in frustration. The Scripture shows how the fear of the Lord protects and guides us even in fierce battles.
- “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Pro. 1:7 NLT).
- “All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
corruption and perverse speech” (Pro. 8:13 NLT).
- “Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
it offers escape from the snares of death” (Pro. 14:27 NLT).
- “Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil” (Pro. 15:16 NLT).
- “Fear of the Lord leads to life,
bringing security and protection from harm” (Pro. 19:23 NLT).
Trust the Lord Instead of Fearing People
Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the Lord means safety” (Pro. 29:25 NLT).
Moses’s parents and the midwives lacked the personal and political influence to change their ruler or his decree. However, obeying God gave them supernatural wisdom and strength. Fearing God showed them what they couldn’t do. Knowing what they couldn’t do clarified what they must do.Fearing God showed them what they couldn’t do. Knowing what they couldn't do clarified what they must do. #BigGod, #BibleStudy Click To Tweet
How might the fear of God strengthen and guide you this week?
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