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The Recces, South Africa’s Special Forces Brigade, were an elite counter-insurgency special operations unit that specialised in long-range combat reconnaissance and unconventional airborne operations. The Recces carried out several combat operations in the Rhodesian Bush War, South African Border War and the Mozambican Civil War. In 1982 during Operation Mebos they penetrated deep into Angola, destroying the terrorist group SWAPO’s Headquarters in their wake. Two years later, during Operation Askari, they cut off all supply lines to and from SWAPO Angola. In an operation in Congo, the seventh longest sniper shot was successfully taken by a Recce at 2,125m (2,324yd). These world elite special operators have as their motto, “We fear naught but God”.
It is a wise motto to have, Proverbs 29:25 warns, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.” Jesus speaking to His disciples imbibed the spirit of this motto when He said, “I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more” (Luke 12:4). The type of missions Recces engaged in meant that fear would indeed be a snare to them, it would not serve them at all. The same is true for you as you go out and serve Christ. Don’t fear your spouse, children, parents, employer, employees, sickness, demons or even death. Those things can only kill the body. God is the one who you should fear. He is the destroyer of body and soul.
The good news is that the more you fear God the less you fear everything else. The more you realise the unmitigated power that formed the universe; that stops the most powerful storm with a word; that scoffs at the collective military prowess of the world; that overcomes death and disease with the smallest whisper, the less you come to fear those things. All these things chaff against the chain of the Divine Warrior Yahweh.
The fear of God however, is not a paralysing one, as John says, “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). One man used the fear of God as an excuse for paralysis and said, “Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow” (Luke 19:19-20). The master in the story replies, “I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest? (v22-23).
God has entrusted a deposit to you of resources, skills and gifts. Use them without fear of anything or anyone. Fear God alone and get after it.