Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Is fear contagious? Deuteronomy 20:1-8

Our moods are contagious for good or for bad.

The Israelite army is going to war; Moses writes instructions to the priests to prepare for battle. Moses does what I call “thinning the herd”. When you raise cattle for commercial purposes and you need to remain profitable, you need to thin out the animals who under- perform; it’s called thinning the herd.

In verses 5-7, the officers allow those who are distracted to go home. Then in verse 8 Moses writes under the inspiration of God, “Is any man afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his brothers will not become disheartened too.” Our moods are contagious and can be destructive.

God does not need us to accomplish His purposes. That should humble us; but He chooses to use us to bring victory and glory to Himself.

For Mom’s and Dad’s how often does our moodiness set the tone for our homes and business? How often we hold other people hostage to our potential eruptions of anger and fear. Most of the times when we are afraid, we are worried about the future to come or we anguish with regret over the past.

In Mark 5, Jairus, a synagogue ruler, came to Jesus because his daughter was dying. Before Jesus left to see her, verse 35 says some men came from the house of Jairus and said your daughter is dead. They said. “Why bother the teacher any more?” Verse 36: “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Jesus is never too busy to be bothered with our fears, hurts, pains and frustrations no matter how large or small. Take all these things to the Lord in prayer. (I Peter 5:7) Do it!

In the meantime, don’t be afraid and also don’t infect your brothers and sisters with a spirit of “faintheartedness” or fear (Deut. 20:8). Prepare to battle evil in every day life with prayer and a proper attitude. The world may laugh at you in your struggles (Mark 5:40) but entrust them to Jesus and He will heal you. Our attitude affects not only us but everyone around us.

Take heart for the Lord is with you.

Read: Deuteronomy 20:1-8; Mark 5:22-43; I John 4:18-21

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