“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel,
Why have you come out to draw up for battle?
Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants
of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let
him come down to me. 1 Samuel 17:8
How could Goliath speak to the people of God
like that? These were the people of God for crying
out loud. Didn’t Goliath know who they were?
That is irrelevant because God’s people lost
sight of who they really were.
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the
Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
1 Samuel 17:11
God loved His people, He had big dreams for His
The Philistine came out morning and evening,
presenting himself for forty days. 1 Samuel 17:16
….but for forty days Goliath came and defied the
armies of God! Why didn’t they just attack Israel?
We already know Israel was greatly afraid
when Goliath came out to taunt them.
They could of taken Israel out and in a way,
The enemy managed to instill fear in the heart
of the Israel. They didn’t stop after the first
week, instead, they taunted them for forty
The enemy knew exactly what they were doing.
They knew the power of fear. For forty days
Israel saw the giant. That’s all they saw.
Fear made them see the giant and everyday the
giant kept on getting bigger. The stories kept
getting grander. During the forty days, Israel
saw nothing else but the giant. They never
saw a chance of victory, they never saw hope,
all they saw was a giant……
Fear blinded them from seeing God!
The army of God never saw their God!
You need to know that the enemy’s strategy has
not changed. He still uses fear to paralyze you, he
still uses fear to stop you from seeing God.
He still uses fear to destroy any hope you may
have. If he had his way, he would keep you in fear
for the rest of your life.
But then David came!
He had a relationship of God that was so amazing.
He loved God and his heart was for God. David
had a relationship with God that was like no other.
When he went to visit his brothers he was the only
one who saw something wrong. He was the only one
who didn’t fear the giant!
God’s presence in your life will break the hold
Because David spent time with God he could easily
identify the fear and confront it head on.
Am I saying David never struggled with
fear ever? He battled with it indeed but as
he spent time with God he overcame it.
The enemy wants you in fear because he knows
that will get your focus off God.
But when you spend time with God, you will be
able to fight the fear. David didn’t rely on his
own strength. He trusted God as he approached
As I read this story I realized the enemy will
do anything to stop us from accomplishing our
destiny. He knew God had a plan for Israel
but he used fear to stop them!
He might be doing the same thing to you today
but I am here to say there is a way out.
You don’t have to listen to the fear.
Look to God, trust Him, spend time with
Him! He is the answer.
Don’t be afraid of the future. God has an
amazing plan for your life. He is personally
I saw that so clearly today. There are some things
happening in my life that have made me fear but
God doesn’t want me to focus on the fear. He wants
me to look to Him and realize He is in TOTAL
control. Fear distorts the truth……
At the end of the day I made a decision to trust
instead of fear.
What will your decision be….?