The biblical account of “David and Goliath” in I Samuel chapter 17 is one of the most popular underdog stories in the Old Testament. Many of us have read the story with wild imagination as we picture a teenage boy standing up against a larger than life giant, armed with only a slingshot and five smooth stones.
It is a story that I can personally relate to as I have stood up against many “giants” in my own life. We have all experienced giants of anger, jealousy, bitterness, rejection and addiction. One of the biggest giants we all encounter in this life is fear. Fear is a giant that can consume our lives and control our every action and reaction.
Fear is a strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. Fear is that “flight or fight” response we have all experienced. Honestly, fear has a purpose in our life whenever danger is present. Fear in certain situations or circumstances can keep us safe from harm.
However, this isn’t the giant of fear we all struggle with in our daily lives. This giant of fear goes against our faith and trust in God. Allowing fear to become a lifestyle goes against the very spirit of God.
Just like Goliath, our giant comes against us every day taunting and creating doubt in our minds. The enemy comes to “steal, kill, and destroy” according to John 10:10. Jesus’ purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life. He is a good shepherd like David describes in Psalm 23.
Are you allowing the voice of fear to keep you from fulfilling God’s purpose and plan on your journey? This giant comes to us daily discouraging us with his meaningless chatter. This giant of fear is like a playlist in our mind that just repeats negativity. “You will not make it!” “This is too big for you to overcome!” “You might as well give up now!” “You are never going to recover!”
Friend, if you are listening to this giant it is time to defeat your enemy through the mighty name of Jesus. It’s amazing how many people live life with this playing on repeat in their minds. The soundtrack of fear from Goliath to the Israelite army played for well over a month. His manipulation and fear tactics paralyzed the mighty army of God. Sadly, this same spirit of fear has somewhat paralyzed the church in our generation.
As we read the story of a young man standing up against a mighty man of war, it is important to realize who the real hero is in this story. It wasn’t David, he was only used by God through his simple faith. God does not leave us alone in our fight. He does not expect any of us with our limited strength and wisdom to defeat the many giants in our lives.
David recognized his strength came from the Lord. I Samuel 17:37, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Stop trying to defeat the giant of fear using your own strength. He alone has removed the heads from all our giants and silenced them. We read later in the word that David carried Goliath’s head twenty miles to a place of worship in Jerusalem. David came from Bethlehem as a shepherd boy, the son of Jesse. He bravely marched into the valley of Elah to defeat the giant that was coming against the people of God. Many years later another shepherd boy came from Bethlehem. His name was Jesus Christ and he defeated our giants with the power of His blood on the cross, which was located near Jerusalem.
Your giant of fear and doubt was defeated on the cross. Turn to the word of God to fight the voice of the enemy. The bible says that the word of God is like a sharp two-sided sword. It is our weapon to defeat anything we face this side of Heaven. Speak scripture to the enemy and rest in the power of Jesus.
If you are battling this giant of fear, please read these passages to find His hope and peace. Psalm 16, Deuteronomy 3:22, II Kings 17:39, I Chronicles 28:20, Isaiah 35:4, Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 5:24, Matthew 10:31, Ephesians 2:10, and Psalm 27:1,3,13-14.