Be Not Afraid of their Faces


Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord

7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. - Jeremiah 1:8 KJV

Often times we are led down paths that can seem very scary to us. They can be realistic things such as buying/selling a new home or a car, getting married, completing a college degree or having a baby. Then there are times when we find ourselves in that situation spiritually. As Israelites, we are chosen to make YAH's Word and Name great among the flesh of all the Earth but doing that can be quite taxing sometimes. When working to spread YAH's kingdom, we are often met with opposition. Opposition such as explaining what it is that you believe in, speaking to a person who may still be practicing paganism unknowingly, or someone who has a difference of opinion about what you believe and wants to aggressively challenge your position.

Or maybe it's a situation where YAH is challenging and stretching you. Maybe He is asking more of you, to trust him more, to develop your faith more. The very wise and unforgettable Christian Pastor, Myles Munroe once said; "EM-ployment defers DE-ployment." What he meant by that wasn't for you to go out and quit your job, be unrealistic and unwise and call it "God" but rather to put your focus on the task that YAH gave to you to complete. If your focus is solely on having a good paying job and relying on that as your source then you will never complete the assignment that you were created for.

When you read back over the Bible, you'll see that after YAH brought my Israelite ancestors out of Egypt and began to lead us to the Promised Land of Israel, we encountered many obstacles, enemies and opposition. But, if you read the scriptures carefully, you'll see that any and every time that YAH spoke to them, "fear not for this day I will deliver them into your hands" that the Israelites never questioned anything. Not Moses, Joshua, Gideon or even Samuel. They never stopped and said, "ok, God but you see that they are more than us, they are stronger than us or they are more skilled than us." Nope, never, not once. Once they received the word, they prepared themselves for battle. Gideon asked for a sign that YAH was speaking to him about raising him up, but after he became leader of Israel and went to battle during his time, he never questioned YAH. YAH actually told him to drop his warriors down from 32,000 to 300 men to defeat the Midianites.

If YAH told you to walk away from that comfortable job/career you have created for yourself to set up a school or orphanage in a third world country where you will not know how your needs will be met, would you? If YAH told you end that relationship with that man or woman whom you've been holding on to for several months or years now, would you? If YAH told you not to date that perfect looking man or woman who's coming with all of the things you like because He wants you to continue to wait for Him to give you that perfect person, even though you may have been waiting for several years now? Will you?

YAH wants us to in a place of spiritual growth and maturity that no matter what the Word is that may come to us; we don't question, we obey. Jeremiah 1:8 YAH gives the command to Jeremiah to speak the Word (Laws & Statutes) of YAH to the Israelites whom were (are) a rebellious and stiff-necked people. He told him to "be not afraid of their faces: for I Am with thee to deliver thee." Our ultimate goal in life should not be to get a good job and make a ton of money. Although there isn't necessarily anything wrong with doing that in your life, that shouldn't be your only goal or viewpoint or finish line.

Our ultimate goal should be to build such an intimate and reliable relationship with the Father that He can trust us to complete His Will in our lives (and others) while here on Earth as we are awaiting and expecting His return. He has to know that we will always be ready to move and obey when He requires it of us and not put any other god before Him. Other gods are not just Allah, Buddha or the white inaccurate portrayal of 'Jesus Christ', they can be our jobs, our homes, our money, our relationships etc; anything that we love enough to tell God no. When it is all said and done and we are standing before the Messiah to be judged for our works on Earth, will you say that you did not complete that thing that He kept whispering to you to do because you were to afraid? Afraid of losing your job, having to start over or fear of provision (see Matt. 6:33 KJV)? My prayer is to be like my ancestors who simply obeyed at the sound of YAH's voice, they were not afraid of their faces because YAH was with them to deliver them into their hands.

Shalom,

Joanna