Can you imagine happiness and fear embracing each other like friends? Fear is a bully and would never offer an embrace of camaraderie. Instead, fear works to sow doubt, confusion, anxiety, and unrest. There is no peace when fear is in the room.
Now, imagine life without fear. If fear were ousted from daily life, we would walk in continual confidence and power, thanks to the power of God. Imagine the things we could accomplish for His kingdom!
David was fearless when he stood before Goliath because he knew God was with him. He drew upon the Lord’s power and trusted that Israel’s gigantic Philistine opponent would fall by God’s might and authority. He saw beyond the physical world to the spiritual.
“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’ When King Saul heard the words of young David, he replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 1 Samuel 17:32 (NIV)
David, most likely a teenager and most certainly less than 20 years old (Numbers 1:3) (1 Sam 17:42) was not intimidated or put off by Saul’s reply. He was filled with the Spirit and replied with boldness to the King…
“’Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of the Philistine.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’” 1 Samuel 17:36-37 (NIV)
King Saul dressed David in his own tunic and a coat of armor but it was too heavy for David. Instead, David removed the cumbersome armor and selected a few stones for his slingshot. When David approached the enemy, Goliath despised him for his youth. Remember, we must look past the physical and into the spiritual realm because that is where the real power is found.
It is by the might of God that we accomplish what appears to be impossible. With God, all things are possible. God often uses weak vessels, as then there is no denying God’s hand in a matter. In doing so God is certain to receive the glory and recognition for the victory when a miracle happen.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)
Simply put, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.” Matthew 10:31 (NIV). This is a command! God knows our tendency to be fearful and repeats this instruction over 100 times in the Word. We know that every Scripture is inspired by God and serves a purpose. So, why would the voice of God breathe so many decrees to lay aside fear? Could He be making a point?
Fear is a weight we need not carry. Fear is a stumbling block that keeps us from serving God to our best capacity. Cast all fear aside and wait on the Lord to fight your battles. Without fear, you will stand in awe as you witness His power.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV)