Bible Devotions

Earthly Fear Causes Poor Decisions

on February 18, 2009

Read Genesis 31

When Jacob decided to return to his father’s home, he left secretly. He chose not to tell his father-n-law. Laban finds out they are gone and comes after them. When Laban catches us to them, he says why did you steal away and take my daughters like captives. I know you greatly long for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?

Jacob’s response in Genesis 31:31-32 NKJV says “Then Jacob answered and said to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I said, ‘Perhaps you would take your daughters from me by force.’ With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our brethren, identify what I have of yours and take it with you.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.”

Fear can lead to poor decisions. First Jacob snuck away like a criminal. He could have simply told his father-n-law so he would have been able to say goodbye to his daughters and grandchildren. But instead Jacob slinks away like a thief.

Secondly, he made a rash vow saying whoever stole your gods should die. Had Jacob known Rachel took the gods, he never would have made that comment. After all Jacob did work 14 years to win her hand in marriage! Luckily for Rachel she hid them well and her father could not find the gods. Therefore, no one died that day.

If we choose to respond in fear, we will make bad decisions too. Not only that but we may miss out on what God wants for us. God calls us out of fear, for the Word of God says “perfect love casts out all fear” and “those who fear haven’t been made perfect yet” (1 John 4:18).

If you still fear, take heed, God who began the good work within you will finish it when Christ returns (Philippians 1:6). God’s not done perfecting us yet. Don’t lose heart, but keep seeking Him and allowing His Word to renew our minds (Romans 12:2).

Lord God Almighty, thank you for your word leading us to life. May we look to you the author and finisher of our faith. Continue to perfect us with your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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