Fear or Faith

When David approached the almost 10-feet (or 3 metre) tall Goliath, you would have expected some fear.  After all, David was a teenager and Goliath had “been a man of war from his youth” and even the soldiers of Israel were “dismayed and greatly afraid”.

David’s response was inspiring as we read the story in 1 Samuel 17 (and the kids’ bible version is memorable): “You come against me with a spear and a sword, but I come against you in the name of the Lord.”

Yet this was not just raw courage.  It showed a strong faith in God’s ability and desire to deliver.  David’s confidence was also stirred by having been faithful in the smaller and less public tasks of defending his father’s sheep (from bears and lions no less).  His relationship with God was so strong that he instantly felt a righteous indignation in the face of Goliath’s threat and was ready to lend action to his faith.

Got any Goliath’s in your life needing to be defeated today?  Remind yourself of God’s faithfulness in times past.  Thank him for what He has done and what He already is doing as you pray in His name and have the confidence that He wants to answer you (John 14:14). Know, too, that faith comes from God’s Word (Romans 10:17) and it is outworked with action (James 2:17). No matter how small you might feel, God’s power in you is greater than anything the devil can bring against you (1 John 4:4).

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2 thoughts on “Fear or Faith

  1. Right on Pastor Rob! This is a fantastically encouraging message. When we come up against injustice in its many forms, we can often feel discouraged or overwhelmed, but meditating on God’s Word – especially inspirational passages such as this, reminds us that our God is the creator of Heaven and earth and everything in them! [Rev 4:11] When we ally our selves with God we come to the realization that the worldly attempts to intimidate us are hollow. Today’s reading { Psalm 31:1-2} David reminds us of this – In You, O LORD, do I put my trust … be my rock of refuge and a fortress of defence to save me. And as a closing encouragement {;24} Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD. David also exhorts us in Psalm 54 Behold, God is my helper; …I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good.7 For You have delivered me out of all trouble;

    • Great connection, John. It’s an awesome privilege to live in daily relationship with a God who can truly be our refuge in the tough times, as well as in the good. It is in these moments that we truly need and draw on faith and can experience the liberation and freedom of God strengthening, helping and delivering, as this passage says.

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