Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Fainting Goats

At Moody I teach a class called, "Teaching the Bible."  It's not as redundant as that sounded.
John, one of my students, was teaching his final lesson yesterday and showed this video:


I've never heard of these goats before and was cracking up. 
John made the great observation that when we fear the unknown, rather than trust God, we live as these goats: stuck, crippled, not able to function. 

Goats falling over with their feet sticking up in the air is pretty hilarious.
Me living like that...not too funny.

Truthfully though - I'm more like one of these goats than I probably want to admit or realize. 
And the reminder I continually need...following Jesus means not having to be a goat:
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
—Isaiah 43:1-2
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

—Matthew 10:29-31
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

—Romans 8:14-15
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

—Psalm 46:1-2
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

—1 John 4:18
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

—Deuteronomy 31:8

1 comment:

zanetta said...

We had an issue with fear and our son once. It crippled him robbing him of sleep at night and security even in daylight. It was a spiritual battle and we realized how fear paralyzes. It keeps you from moving forward, stops you in your tracks and makes you useless. It's what satan wants....useless unmoving Christians. We learned a lot that year and even more on.