Genesis 35:5 KJV
And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
God placed a natural fear of man in the wild animals that exists for our protection. The animals are so much more powerful than are men that, if it were not for this fear, we would soon have been over run and annihilated by them. Being one who enjoys working with animals, I am very frequently reminded of this and meditate in awe at the hand of God. Even the domesticated animals, though not so fearful as to flee from man, do submit their overwhelming strength and power to men.
Here God placed a similar and supernatural fear of the young nation of the Jews in the hearts of those tribes and nations through which Jacob and his family must pass.
God's care for his people takes on manifold forms. He provides:
- Food when there is none
- Water out of rocks
- A way through the midst of the Red Sea
He kept them safe in a natural sort of way by giving them a home in
Egypt for four
hundred years but kept them safe even earlier by putting a fear of them in the
hearts of these nations.
The point is, God can take care of us as well as He took care of them.