23 Jan LET FAITH RISE ABOVE FEAR
1 Samuel 17:31-32
31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
Today’s passage captures David’s attitude when Goliath continually hurled insults against Israel and their God. Think through the emotional state of all mentioned here – first Goliath, and then the entire host of Israel. Goliath seemed to be having a field day. He denounced the armies of Israel with his words day after day. Note the emotional state of the leadership and the entire armies of Israel – they were dismayed and terrified; in a simpler language, they were all afraid. Fear had gripped them right to the core. There was no life and no hope in the children of Israel as they heard the threats of Goliath.
Today the child of God may be confronted not with a man with the physical stature of Goliath, but confronted with life situations that may be more threatening than Goliath. It may be a pending exam you have to take that will determine if you will be promoted in your workplace; an interview you are going to attend in a couple of weeks that determines whether you will get the job you so much love; or the justification you have to make that would enable you win that 300-million-dollar contract.
Whatever it may be in your case, the situation in the natural creates fear, anxiety and panic, and destabilizes you emotionally. You are afraid of the outcomes. That is the moment when you do what David did. Remember God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind. Use your faith!
1. Bless the name of the Lord whose power abides far above all other powers anyone can think of, and works on your behalf.
2. Ask for greater faith in the God of all greatness; before whom no man can stand.
3. Father, please help me trust you more and walk in faith and not in fear the rest of my life.
I know that my God has not given me the spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind. Because of this, I no longer fear what the devil may do against me. My faith is strong, my path is clear and I walk in greater boldness than ever before in the name of Jesus!