There is this verse in the book of Deuteronomy: “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” Fear is so debilitating. Anxiety, apprehension, and fear have defeated more people, deflated more dreams, discouraged more plans than perhaps any other source. The people of God had been enslaved in Egypt for so long no one had a memory of what freedom really felt like! God called Moses and sent Him to lead the people from bondage to the promised land.
The process of getting from Egypt to the promised land was not a quick straight line; it was a zig-zag path that was rather circuitous. As they prepare for their future, they are given this great promise: “do not be afraid of them.” Fear always seems to be hiding just under the surface in events and circumstances of our lives. Throughout the Bible, we are commanded not to be afraid. The reason seems clear: we are fearful of many things regardless of how strong you may feel you are and confident you may be in your walk with the Lord. It is an important reminder that we need to keep continuously in our minds.
Our reason for confidence in faith instead of fear does not have anything to do with our own strength and ability. Rather, it comes from the fact that we have a God who is actively interested and concerned about all aspects of our lives. He knows where we are, and He knows what we are experiencing, and He does not leave us alone to carry on the best way we can. He is for us!
If you have ever read through the Bible in a year, you know some passages can seem quite tedious. The exact details concerning the Tabernacle’s construction and all of the items to be used in the worship service. The building of the temple also has exacting details that nearly cause my eyes to glass over. Then there are chapters filled with names and descendants of people from thousands of years ago. I am always tempted to skip ahead to the good parts. Here is what I have come to understand: God is interested in the minutest details of my life and yours as well! While it may bore me to see exact details concerning a building I have never visited or people I have never met, it still should be an encouragement for all of us today. God cares! He cares about things big and small. He knows my name and all details of my life. You might say that God knows me better than I know myself.
I have often heard that the devil is in the details. We must change that phrase. As I read the Scriptures, I think the results are overwhelmingly clear: God is in the details! That is not bad news. That is great news that comforts and amazes me. Nothing is too big or too small for the Lord. Right now, as you are reading this, you may have a big concern that you do not know how to handle: Give it to God. Some of us may be dealing with small, seemingly inconsequential items, yet they are causing us much discomfort. Relax, our God is not just the God of big things; He is the God who is interested in the smallest of details.
Today, regardless of what you are facing, my friend remember the God who precisely detailed the temple’s measurement and the exact details of the priest’s garments is interested in the details of your life. He knows, and He cares.
I am praying for God to help you understand and appreciate His attention to detail. You can always trust Him.