I just happened to be strolling through the book of Exodus. And as I take my walk I see the interplay of so many opposites…Good versus Evil…Miracles versus Magic…Absolute Power versus Some Control…Freedom versus Slavery…Grace versus Oppression…and the list continues. However, one of the most interesting concepts I want to share, specifically relates to our tendency as human beings to move mentally and physically from the Mountain of Courage to the Valley of Fear. In other words, sometimes as we see a way being made for our deliverance from a situation of unease and distress, we start to get excited and rejoice, but if a sudden delay or a change of circumstance occurs that seems not to favor us we begin to panic.
This “from the Mountain of Courage to the Valley of Fear” concept and vice versa happens to us in different degrees. When we examine the 10 plagues as recorded in Exodus 7 to Exodus 12 we notice a persistent fight and a defiant resistance as Pharaoh refuses to let the people of Israel leave Egypt to go and worship God. However, even more interesting than that is the fact that these plagues which occurred in Egypt were not merely to encourage Pharaoh to release his slaves and acknowledge that there is no God but Jehovah, these plagues were to be a clear and powerful faith-building experience for the people of Israel – as they witnessed extraordinary miracles, exclusive protection and supernatural intervention by the Eternal God of heaven and earth.
“ But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon.
 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.”
1. Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?
2. Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
3. Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
“Sore Afraid” makes us change our thought processes from what we know to be fact to embrace fiction.
“Sore Afraid” makes us distrust the God who has led us in the past through rough ways to the mountain top.
“Sore Afraid” makes us ask cruel questions that would not help us to think courageously.
“Sore Afraid” makes us to forget Daniel 4:17- “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that
to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we must trust that God is not like man – He will never trip you up or dog you behind your back!
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we must compose our own songs of praise that document exactly how, when, where and what God has delivered us from in the past!
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we must realize that it doesn’t matter what the challenge is we can go forward with Jesus Christ!
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we have to spend quality time drinking in the juices of God’s Word and sucking out the nutritious marrow that is located in Dedicated Prayer.
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we must refuse to worry about our past, present and future – while placing all our eggs in the basket of Faith given to us by the Holy Spirit.
To stop “Sore Afraid” in its tracks we must remember that It doesn’t matter who the President is, who the Prime Minister is, who the CEO is, who the Principal is, who the Director is, who the Mayor is, who the Police Commissioner is, God is still in control!
*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version, unless referenced differently.