† No Time for Fear

Fear is not that uncommon.  Many people experience it and some on a daily basis. To be afraid of something is not entirely wrong.  Some fears keep us out of dangerous situations and help us to live our lives more wisely.  Then there are those fears that can paralyze us in ways we thought were never possible and hold us in bondage.

Boy David was keeping his father’s flock at Bethlehem when he got a word from his father. He got up early the next morning, left the sheep with the keeper, and went to bring the people the food that his father requested.

See, King Saul, his brothers, and all the men of Israel were camped in the valley of Elah—fighting with the Philistines.  When boy David arrived and delivered the food to the people, he talked with his kinfolk.  While he was talking, there came out of the Philistine Army, a giant by the name of Goliath, talking so much trash about the God’s Army, and David heard him.  All the men of Israel, when they saw his stature and heard the words he spoke,  they fled from him and were so afraid.  David said to King Saul, let no man’s heart fail because of him—for I will go and fight with this Philistine.

You know the story; David chose to stand against the thing that was trying to take them out.  With a sling shot in his hand, he killed the giant that day—with just one stone.  He then took Goliath’s own sword and used it in front of the Philistines to cut off his head.  David understood that this was “No Time for Fear”.  If God was on his side—what could man do to him?

There are things that we may have to face from time to time that can bring great fear to our hearts.  We can choose to allow it to paralyze us where we are or push us forward to where we need to be.  We have to fight the thing that’s fighting us, and “Come Hell or High Water” be determined to break free from the fear.  We can’t run away, pretend it’s not there, shake in our boots, or let fear paralyze us.  Instead, we have to stand against it to the end.

Being afraid is normal but pressing through that fear is called courage.   See, the enemy will come and speak all kinds of slanderous things to our minds in hopes to cripple us with fear, but “Come Hell or High Water”—we must allow our fear to drive us forward instead of standing still.  We must do as David did and allow our faith in God’s love and concern for us to drive us into courage.  We must take heart—remembering that in this situation or state of being there is “No Time for Fear”.  Turn your fear into courage because your life depends on it.  (Read 1 Samuel 30:18-19 KJV)

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