The other morning I read Judges 6 and 7. Gideon was chosen as the “valiant warrior” as he beat out wheat in an old wine press (hiding!) in order to save it from the Midianites. As the story progresses, we see Gideon with a massive army, ready to fight against the Midianites. This massive army gets whittled down to 300 men. The first group that decided to leave the army and return home were ones who were afraid and trembling. 22,000 to be exact.
As I reflected on the Word of God and what it said about these people, I asked myself if there was anything I was currently afraid of. Am I living in fear of any person or any real circumstances or imagined circumstances… all the “what ifs” that can easily press their way to the front of my mind from time to time. Is there anything God is asking me to do, but in fear, I am being disobedient and turning away from?
That same afternoon I was reading Psalm 11. David is re-hashing some bad advice he got from his friends and answering them with the truth of Who God is.
v1- 3) In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to the. mountain; For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
These friends were encouraging David to run from Saul because it looked pretty dangerous to not run away and hide. David basically was asking to be killed if he didn’t run away in fear. The friends likely meant well and wanted David to be safe, but David wanted to trust in the unshakable, immovable, all-knowing, all-seeing God. Their last question likely pushed David over the edge…“If the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do?”…The Foundation that matters cannot be destroyed!! And David answers them:
v4- 7 ) The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face.
I was reminded that worry, fear, panic, hard circumstance can cause us to shout out, “What if the foundation of my life is destroyed, what would I do then?? What if everything falls apart???” What I fix my eyes on during these times is super-important.
There is no room for panic in my life. There is no room to doubt that God is in total control of every circumstance of my life. I get into trouble when I put my eyes on my circumstances or when I allow worry to make a home in my heart. Fear and worry are one in the same, really. I love G. Campell Morgan’s thoughts on this passage: “To reckon with circumstances and to leave God out of count is to omit the principal factor in any and every situation. What unutterable folly to confuse scaffolding with foundation.”
Wow. Am I confusing scaffolding with foundation? Am I looking at a hard life circumstances for just what it is at face value? OR Am I considering God in the midst of that very hard circumstance? Trusting that the foundation is Christ, and He never changes and never fails…all His works are perfect and good…The hard life circumstance is scaffolding and won’t be what brings my life to shambles. I am founded on Jesus Christ and cannot be shaken or destroyed. He sees me, He knows me, He loves me, He has not given me a spirit of fear. And one day I will see His face and be able to know in reality what I believe by faith…“the upright will behold His face.”