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God Will Cause Them to Have Dread of You

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“[T]he Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread.”  ~ Deut. 11:25

“[The sons of Israel] had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”  ~ Exodus 12:35-36

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LordHe turns it wherever He wishes.”  ~ Proverbs 21:1

As the Israelites prepared to enter the Promised Land, God made it clear to them that He is the sovereign God over all realms and spaces, even the human heart. God would sovereignly, whether the Canaanites willed it or not, influence the Canaanite hearts so that they would fall into dread and fear of the Israelites, so that their hearts would melt and be unable to resist the advance of God’s people.

God’s sovereign willingness to alter peoples’ hearts and minds is not something that God “did back then on that occasion” and has ceased to do now. The New Testament is equally emphatic that God has plans and purposes in this world, and He sees that they happen through the agency of His people, no matter what anyone happens to decide by his or her supposed “free will.” God still grants His people favor in the hearts of whomever He wants.

God’s sovereignty should be of great encouragement and comfort to us, and should give us confidence, as it was to do for the Israelites. It should cause us to pay little attention to bogus bromides like “getting on the right side of history.” God is sovereign over history, and He will bend it to His good, true and beautiful purposes. We should never cower in fear when faced with the seeming “inevitability” of movements, opinions and laws which are manifestly contrary to God’s revealed truth. Rather, we should bank on the fact that God is still in the same business He was in when He brought the Israelites into the Promised Land, namely, winning the hearts of people such that they enter into life in His good kingdom and making a name for Himself among the nations.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

October 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

Posted in Deuteronomy, Duenes

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