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We will not fear

‘Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be…’ (Psalm 46:2)

This world is changing rapidly. This world is so different from the world of our childhood. This world has changed a lot from the times of the sons of Korah, whom God used to write down Psalm 46. This world is different from the time when the Lord Jesus walked on the roads of Galilean and Judean towns and villages. This world is different from the time of the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys described in the Acts of the Apostles. This world is different from the time of the sixteen century’s Reformation in Europe. This world is different in this generation compared to all others generations until now! This generation of emptiness needs real peace and fulfillment.

Strong donkey

How would you feel if you were told that you reminded someone of a donkey? That’s actually what happened to a son of Jacob. His name was Issachar. The name actually means, ‘he will bring a reward,’ but his father, when blessing his sons, said, ‘Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.’ (Gen. 49:14-15)

A scarlet worm

After the time of Abimelech a man of Issachar, Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. (Judges 10:1) ‘Tola’ means a scarlet worm. Two men in the Bible had this name: the eldest son of Issachar (Gen. 46:13) and a judge of the tribe of Issachar who judged Israel twenty-three years.

They understood the times in which they lived

And the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred. (1 Chron. 12:32) The sons of Issachar were those that knew which season it was. They understood the times in which they were living.

What is more important than understanding our times?

Before we can be a blessing in our times and possibly change the world we live in we have to understand the One who is the Master of time, God Himself and His methodology of changing the world.

1. Understanding God (He does not change).

2. Understanding the Gospel of God (it does not change).

3. Understanding the times (they are changing constantly) when the Gospel of God is changing the world.

We live in a changing world, but the Gospel of God remains the only unchanged power of God that is able to change the world the way God wants.

We will not fear the changes of the world, because:

God is in control!

God has a specific plan and purpose for this world.  (Job 23:13; Eph. 1:8-12)

- God is always in control of all things and is constantly at work accomplishing His plan.  (Hab. 1:1-11; Isa. 10:5-6)

- God controls and uses everything and everyone, even the devil, in working out His plan. (Isa. 10-7-11; Psalm 76-10)

The Gospel of God has the power to change the world!

Christians are part of God’s program in changing this world! God wants to use His ‘donkeys’ and His ‘scarlet worms’ to change this world with the power of the Gospel! The judge Tola from the Book of Judges brought peace to the land for 23 years!

The Gospel of God is the only way of bringing peace to the world in all times, even in our postmodern times!

We are like the sons of Issachar, ‘donkeys’ and ‘scarlet worms’ bringing the Gospel of peace to the world! When Bildad in the Book of Job refers to man as a worm (Job 25:6), he is specific. At least a beast has some understanding, but a worm?

It is better to be ‘God’s donkeys’ and ‘God’s scarlet worms’ and bring peace and joy to the world than be kings, presidents and rulers of this world, which bring war and sadness to the world!

We need to understand God Himself, God’s methodology and God’s times! Without knowing God, without knowing His methodology and without understanding the times in which we live, we can do a lot of things but we cannot change this world for the better!

God wants to use His children for His glory!

God does not want us to fear!

We have no reason to fear!

We have the privilege of being God’s instruments!

This world can be changed through ‘God’s donkeys’ and ‘God’s scarlet worms.’ God uses donkeys and worms today, by His wonderful grace! The problem is that sometimes we are not ready to be His donkeys and His worms. It was a donkey that brought the Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, to Jerusalem. We are to be donkeys that bring the message of the Lord Jesus to the world. This message changes the world!

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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