Do you fear?
What do you fear?
I fear getting terminally ill. I fear that something might happen to my husband or to my daughter or any other of my loved ones or friends. I fear that I won’t have enough time to do the things that I like to do or that I won’t do anything fulfilling. Probably, my fears are not much different from the fears of other people.
Every time the fear cripples in I feel paralysed. I can’t get the negative thoughts out of my mind and I don’t feel free, as I usually do. In those situations only God is able to fight it for me and His presence brings peace. Why? Keep reading to find out.
Let me tell you a story.
If you grew up in a Christian environment you may know biblical story of David and Goliath – yes, the one of timid shepherd David conquering Goliath, the giant. Yet there’s more to that story than good fighting the evil. It’s the story of our everyday fears being crushed by the almighty God.
Goliath was one of the soldiers of Philistine army that was fighting against the Jewish people. Everyone was fearing him, even the most seasoned soldiers of king Saul’s army. They were absolutely paralysed by him. No wonder, the guy was huge – just read how he’s described in the Bible:
He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armour, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds.
For 40 days this terrifying man was coming to the same place laughing at the Israelites, ridiculing them and mocking their king and their God. It didn’t make them angry but more fearful.
Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul.
He made fun of them, he mocked them and they did absolutely nothing… isn’t it how we react to the fears that we face?
Fears seem big and insurmountable. They ‘laugh’ at us, because we’re only God’s servants. They want to destroy our real identity by telling us lies about who we are and what we can achieve. They keep doing it every single day, just to make sure we get the message. Because the fears are so persistent we start believing what they tell us. And we do nothing. Finally, we surrender to them and live in a constant fear, unless we let God in, because in His presence there’s no such thing as fear.
Those who know the story of David and Goliath may think that it was David who won over Philistines. In reality it was God.
Do you really think frail young boy could defeat the strongest fighter of his times with just a stick?!
David was anointed by God. He fought in the name of the Lord and that’s why he won.
God fights our fears for us. When we’re trembling and are as pale as the wall and don’t want to even look what’s round the corner God goes out to stand for us. And He always wins.
Notice what happened among Israelites when they saw that Goliath was dead:
Then the men of Israel and Judah gave a great shout of triumph and rushed after the Philistines, chasing them as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron.
They weren’t afraid any more. They were fearless. When God destroys our biggest fears we become fearless. We become free and courageous. There’s nothing that can stop us any more. We run and we win every battle.
With God we don’t need to fear anymore, whether it’s fear of death or fear of facing the next day. Why? Because God is bigger than all those things and He has already sorted them out for us.
I fear terminal illness but I can be sure that whatever comes my way God’ll help me to go through it and He’ll take care of me in EVERY situation. If you fear feedback from people it’s because you search their approval but if you put your trust in God, this burden will be lifted from your shoulders, because the only ‘person’ you’ll want to please will be God.
One of the sources of fear is uncertainty. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or how are going to manage a difficult situation but God does know and that’s why He can take away every fear from our life.
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