Conquering The Giant - FEAR
by Helen Dowd

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment..." I John 4:18.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself: I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.... You must do the thing you think you cannot do." A famous First Lady said this—Eleanor Roosevelt. I am sure she had many fears in her life, but she overcame them, and was ready to meet the next one, head on. So can I, and so can you.

What are you afraid of today? Going to school? Going to the doctor? An upcoming surgery? Whatever it is, you can put your trust in the Lord. He will see you through. The other day in my Bible study I talked about how God chose David to be anointed King of Israel. I Samuel 16. Today I want to continue to talk about David. He didn't just step into his kingdom right away. In fact, it wasn't until years later that he took over the kingship. In the meantime he carried on with his occupation: being a shepherd of his father's sheep.

David's brothers, as you will recall, were in Saul's army. One day David's father called to him to take a food package to the army camp, and to find out how the battle was coming...no internet, news broadcasts, or television to keep him updated in those days….When David got to the army camp he heard Goliath, the Philistine giant, challenging the army of Israel. He was incensed that no one was doing anything about it. When he asked his brothers about it, his oldest brother told him to mind his own business and get back to tending his sheep. David replied just as any little brother would, "Now what have I done?" But David didn't let it drop there. He kept on until he found out more about this Philistine giant.

King Saul was petrified of Goliath and his threats, as was all the camp of Israel. After it was reported by members of the army that this young upstart was snooping about, asking about the giant, he called for David to be brought before him. Now, if I had been the one going up before the KING, I would have been shaking in my boots, but not David. He approached Saul with confidence and told him, "Let no man's heart fail because of him (Goliath): thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine." (I Samuel 17:32). When Saul protested (mildly), David told him about the lion and the bear he had attacked and killed when they were after his sheep. We all know the story of how David killed Goliath. If you don't, read all of I Samuel 17. The point here is that David wasn't afraid because his trust was in his God.

(Here, I would like to set something straight. When I was a child I saw many picture books depicting David as a young boy when he went before Goliath. But this was not an accurate portrayal of David. He would have had to be at least in his late teens to be even listened to, or to have had the strength and expertise to fight off a lion and a bear. And think of it: The king would not have called a child before him, to offer him the challenge. I would say he was on the verge of manhood, at least.)

But whether he was man or boy, this obstacle he had in front of him was giant-sized. He could have just gone back home and reported to his dad that things weren't looking too good for the army, but he didn't. He looked FEAR in the face. He took control. He knew his God was bigger than the giant.

If it's FEAR who's been your master,
And he holds you in his grip;
If you're waiting for disaster
Brought upon you by FEAR'S grip;
Then it's time to stop your shrinking.
It's time to search your soul.
Fill your mind with power thinking.
LET CHRIST JESUS TAKE CONTROL.

And we know how the story turned out. David went up before this ungodly giant, Goliath, who stood cursing God and defying Israel, and calmly, despite the vulgar taunts Goliath threw at him, he took out his sling, and with confidence and perfect aim he cast a stone at the giant. The giant fell. The bodyguards ran away, as did all the army of the Philistines... David took the giant’s own sword and cut off Goliath’s head, and presented it to the king. David did not let FEAR conquer him.

What are the GIANTS in your life? If you put your FEARS in God's hands, you too will be able to conquer those GIANTS.

© Helen Dowd

See also: But What About The Giants?


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