Only, do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
Sometimes, Bible stories are difficult because on the surface, the message seems to be one of a vengeful and partisan God. This is one of those, as God seems to be telling the Hebrews not to fear the people because they are there for the taking. I prefer to look for deeper truth in this passage. We often fear what we do not know. Whether it is a person of another race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or even political persuasion, we often find that once we get to know others, we learn that there was little to fear. We even find common ground and connections. One of the reasons I love to travel is that it enables me to see the diversity of people and understand others. In today’s world of divisiveness, it would be healthy for each of us to reach out to those who are different from us and recall that God is with all of us. Perhaps we would find that we no longer are fearful.
Ever-present God, Help reduce my fear of the unknown and allow me to better care for all of your children. Amen.