The Locust Eater Part 4 – Fearless
When we think of who the most feared man of the 20th century might be many people would say Adolf Hitler. Hitler was a power mad sociopath who sparked WW2 and ultimately led to the deaths of millions of Jews. But there was someone else who was even more diabolical and feared than him at that time, Josef Stalin. The leader of Russia for 30 years Stalin grasped power by purging anyone who spoke against him. He executed hundreds of thousands of his military and government, people who even helped him on his rise to leadership. How could such a man be left in power for 30 years? Everyone was afraid of him.
We when fear something, or someone, we allow them to control us.
What does this have to do with John The Baptist?
Who we fear has everything to do with how we live.
John The Baptist would never have been able to accomplish his ministry if he had fear of man. John The Baptist showed no fear of man but deep faith and respect for God.
John could preach to the community boldly about their need to repent because he cared more about what God thought that the people’s comfort.
John called out the Pharisees, the holders of spiritual authority and political power, because he was more concerned with being in God’s good book than theirs.
When Jesus came on the scene John promptly surrenders the driver’s seat to Him because he was secure in his own relationship with God.
John teaches us a crucial principle about what we need to defeat the fear of man. We need the fear of God.
If we fear God we will live for His approval.
If we fear the crowd we will live for theirs. We settle for the love and approval of man because it seems so immediate and important and convenient right now.
People become way too big and God becomes way too small.
The approval of man is conditional, fickle and temporary. As a result we are never truly secure because man’s love is subject to change. However, the love of God is unconditional, unchanging and eternal. In Him we find true security.
Hebrews 13:5-6: God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
That’s the type of confidence every child and every servant of God should have.
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