Fear Not – Dare to be a David

A few weeks back my wife and I had a conversation regarding the difference of living a life of faith versus living a life of fear.  One thought that came from our discussion was that a life of fear is a life where a person is in constant distress about what might happen. 

Fear is such a destructive power.  Fear has the power to destroy men, it destroys their self-esteem, it destroys their courage, it destroys their faith. 

 For those that consider themselves faithful Christians fear should be viewed as a sin.  For it is said in the scriptures that fear and faith can not abide together and so every time that we go into fear we are turning our hearts, might, minds, and strength away for the service of the Lord God and we begin to serve ourselves and our idols.

 But fear is a double edged sword of deception, it can define itself as a state of agitation and anxiety or it can also be characterized as a state of awe and reverence.   Such nuances in labels may confuse those valiant disciples trying to navigate life’s waters everyday.  How do you fear God and have faith?  How do you keep faith in the face of adversity?

 The scriptures give us many examples of faithful men and women who gave no heed to their fears and rejoiced in the glory of their God with faith.  David was such a one.  When David came to the camp of the army of Israel to see what progress there was in the war against the Philistines he learned of the champion of  the Philistines, Goliath, and of the fear that the soldiers of Israel had for this man.  David was shocked.  “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1Sam. 17:26) he asked of the fearful men.  He asked the same question of Saul the king.

As we all know David was sent to battle this giant of a man and with the faith and courage of God he “hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine” (1Sam 17:48) and by the grace of God and with a sling and a single stone he overcame the fear of an entire army.

 The scriptures also tell us a story of a man of great faith who after much tribulation found himself living a life of fear.  Job was an “upright” man who gave heed to the righteous side of fear, that is he held his God in great awe and reverence.  But one day the Lord gave leave to Satan to tempt , to try, and to afflict Job in his life.

 Though Job never cursed the Lord during this time as we continue in the story we find that Job is living a life of fear.  “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.  I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.”  It was Job’s friends who came to his aid.  Reminding him of the good he had done.  Telling them how he, Job, had been a forger of their own testimonies. 

 But fear is a paralyzer of souls and a thief of power and it would prove to be sometime before Job would gain full recovery from this debilitating bout of fear.  He would, in fact, get to the point of being weary of his own life.

 Fear is a deadly serpent whose venom is doubt and anger; hopelessness and grief.  If we are going to live the lives of abundance and grace that the Lord promises us we have got to live our lives in faith.  We have to rise every morning and immediately fill her hearts with joyful expressions and faithful thoughts.

 We must remember the words of Harry Emerson Fosdick:

Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable and, most of all,  fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God.”

(Vern McLellan, The Complete Book of Practical Proverbs and Wacky Wit
(Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1996)
 
In His Name
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~ by Mel's Boy on Monday, 29 June 2009.

One Response to “Fear Not – Dare to be a David”

  1. Fear not–only have faith. Everyday a battle–everyday coming closer to TRUST. Trusting in Him. Let us all work to gain this blessing–the ability to let go of our fears.

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