“And the Philistine said, I defy the ranks of Israel this day;
give me a man, that we may fight together.
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine,
they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”
1 Samuel 17: 10, 11
One would think that would be the perfect opportunity for the
Philistine’s to attack Israel.
It would be an easy battle for them.
Saul and ALL Israel were dismayed and fearful.
But the enemy didn’t attack.
Instead of attacking, Goliath came out morning and evening
for FORTY days!
Yes, forty days!!
“The Philistine came out morning and evening presenting
himself for forty days.”
1 Samuel 17:16
That is so crazy to think. It’s like the enemy enjoyed seeing
Israel cower in fear.
They loved seeing the Israelites in fear.
“David left his packages in the care of the baggage keeper
and ran into the ranks and came and greeted his brothers.
As they talked, behold, Goliath, the champion, the Philistine
of Gath, came forth from the Philistine ranks and spoke the
same words as before, and David heard him.
And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from
him terrified. “
1 Samuel 17:22-24
And this went on for forty days, morning and evening!
Who knows how long it would have gone on for if David had
not come along.
And this my friends, is one of the enemies most effective strategy.
He wants you to live in fear as long as possible.
He wants you to be paralyzed by it.
He wants you to be bound by fear to a point where you can’t
think and you can’t step out in faith.
You don’t have to go far to find it. Fear is everywhere. It’s the
headlines you read on your way to work.
It’s in the 8:00 news.
It’s littered on your Facebook page.
Because the Israelites were gripped with fear they could not
move in faith.
Fear blinded them to the truth.
They forgot the Lord Almighty was stronger than the enemy
they were facing.
The enemy used fear to stop the Israelites from moving
forward in their purpose.
We can’t let fear win friends. If left alone it will steal
everything good in our lives.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice,
of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us
a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced
mind and discipline and self-control. “
2 Timothy 1:7
We need God’s help to overcome fear. God has brought me
so far as I look back at my life. I was so fearful but He continues
to take me to new levels of boldness. This is not an easy battle
friends. But we are not alone facing this enemy.
Fear’s hold on our lives must be broken.
The God we serve is stronger than every fear we face.
He is stronger than the author of fear!!
Blessings to you