don’t, only believe that because they cover up the fear with arrogance,
bluster, timidity or self-deception. Fear of rejection is universal. The bible calls it
fear of man. Fear and worship are synonyms in scripture. So, fear gives awe
to things other than God. When we fear rejection, we worship men’s opinions.
This means we perform for acceptance. Like the creek of Insufficiency this fear
has voices. They are other’s voices telling us we are not now or ever will
be acceptable. There is freedom from this fear. The way is suffering. One day in
the middle of suffering you discover that other’s opinions are not important, only
the Lord’s is. That is one reason you are in Babylon. You must suffer and
discover the rivers you have chosen will not bring contentment. When you were
in the Promised Land you could rationalize so well, you did not see the other
rivers you have chosen. Now you are in Babylon and hope exists for you to
see. That is, if you do not embrace the other gods of Babylon instead of Jehovah.
So, the reason you are here in Babylon is these other god’s you worship, these
fears you serve. Babylon makes you yearn for home and God. Of course, you
must allow Him to show you how you serve the other god’s. Then you must
forsake them and love Him with red hot passion.
This process is complicated so you will visit Babylon for a while. He strips the
fear away one by one until you are free. Only then will you find you can return
to promised land.
Mourning in Babylon
Psa. 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion.
2 Upon the willows in the midst of it
We hung our harps.
It is acceptable to mourn when you are in Babylon. In fact, it is necessary to
mourn in Babylon. We must remember Zion, the city of God and mourn the loss of
all that we experienced so far as a child of God. We filter much of our
experience through our misconceptions about God. Those misconceptions are
a big reason we are in Babylon. God has our attention now. He will teach us
while we are here. He tried to tell us many times before, but we were not listening.