Nestled in the middle of 1 Samuel is the story of a giant who caused fear everywhere he went and the young boy who defeated him. It’s the story of David and Goliath.
It’s a story that is constantly used to demonstrate great faith, and today there’s three points in particular that we will focus on. They’re actions and choices that David made that can be easily overlooked, but they’re monumental things that we should all do in the face of our fear and situations. Let’s take a closer look.
Goliath was a Philistine who stood about 9 feet tall, wore armor that weighed about 125 pounds, and carried a spear that was about 15 pounds. Not only was he an intimidating man, but he was a pretty gutsy one at that. Goliath boldly defied the armies of God and the men of Israel that heard him, “were dismayed and terrified,” (1 Samuel 17:11).
How many of you can relate to the Israelites? Can you blame them for being afraid? Growing up as a child I would think of Goliath as some mythical creature (he was described as a giant after all), and now as an adult it’s still a hard concept for me to grasp. This man was huge in every aspect and fighting someone of his size seems impossible. Of course I would be afraid…and that’s the point right there.
When it comes to fear our tendency is to look at whatever we are facing and magnify it to unimaginable proportions, just like Goliath. We focus so much on how big our situation is that we fail to focus on how big our God is. David, however, did not forget.
When Goliath made his usual defiance against The Lord the Israelites ran in fear at the sight of him, but this time David heard what was said. He went to Saul and urged him for permission to fight Goliath, but Saul looked at his size and doubted him. David remembered that God had been with him when he defeated the lion and the bear and because of that David knew and believed that God would be with him and deliver him from Goliath as well.
David remembered what The Lord had done for him. Sometimes that’s all we need to do to overcome fear; remember what God has brought you through before and believing that He can and will do it again.
After receiving Saul’s blessing David went to meet Goliath. The giant laughed at the sight of his opponent. He mocked and teased the Israelites for sending a boy to battle, and as he laughed in disbelief David stood their in full confidence of the God that he served. David boldly confessed that God would deliver Goliath to him and that he would strike him dead. This angered the giant.
“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” -1 Samuel 17:48 NIV
David didn’t run away from Goliath; he ran to the battle line to meet him. Stop running away from the thing that sparks fear in your life. Go with God, charge the battle line and face fear head on. When you do you will find your results to be similar to that of David. You will be victorious!
So, when it comes to facing fear simply,
1. Focus on God
2. Remember what He has done
3. Charge the line
It’s time to be fearless, Beloved. I’m rootin’ for ya!