Reference text: Exodus 1:8-14,22
Exodus 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass that when a war breaks out , they join also with our enemies, and fight against us
Sometimes, we treat the presence of fear as a bolt from the blue: having no origin or source. But we will bear witness that many phobias exist as a result of specific occurrences or things thus knowing these definite sources become essential in any attempt to face those fears. The fact is this: to successfully tackle any issue, finding its root cause is of paramount importance.
The Pharaoh of Egypt needed not to have found himself wallowing in the pool of fear due to the sheer size of Israel as mentioned in today’s text. It seemed his fear emanated from the fact that the Israelites were going to overwhelm his own people. However, the real source of his fear was not this possibility, but the fact that he lacked information as the opening chapter to the book of Exodus clearly pointed out “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph”.(vs.8)
Should this King have made the slightest of efforts to find out what role Israel or Joseph had played in the life of Egypt, there is a greater possibility that history would have been different. He would not have seen his allies as enemies nor turned them into slaves. That is a consequent of fear- it blinds ones eyes to the vast and lush greenery of opportunities around and skews your ideals and attitudes towards a single perceived truth that leads no where.
To put in much simpler terms, fear deceives you. It causes you to see situations that never will be, imagine the worst of outcomes with any event and causes you to make decisions one should not make. A look at Pharaoh causes me to ask what manner of fear would make him issue a command to kill all males born to the Israelites? Let us not fold our arms when we have no information, instead, let us actively seek positive reinforcement from the word of God so we can overcome all the hurdles of fear along our path because fear is a trait that should not be intrinsically linked to us nor be associated with us.
Remember # God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.