Here’s a thought for July 26
Grace Life Church
Max Lucado has a book out called “Fearless.” Why are we afraid? In Matthew 8:26, Jesus says to His disciples on the boat out on the stormy sea, “Why are you fearful? O you of little faith.” Fears, guilt, shame and insecurity are the fearsome foursome that hinders our faith.
Oh, how I wish I could say I was fearless or at least that I would fear less than I did as a child. I was challenged recently in a daily devotional by this question. What do you fear less today than you did five years ago? I had to admit it was the fear of not having enough money; that I would outlive my ability to earn and therefore my resources for living. How foolish to fear when God’s word says Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus.” Or Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Many today are facing fears that all the money in the world cannot eliminate for them but only a genuine living faith in an Omnipotent God, Omniscient and Omnipresent God Almighty.
A good acronym for fear is faulty evidence appearing real. We have an enemy that can make false evidence appear to be so real to us that we believe the lies of the chief liar, Satan. One of the enemy’s chief tactics is to convince us he really does not exist. If that doesn’t work, he tries to convince us that God’s power is not for today. We are left on our own to figure it out and find our solutions to life trials rather than to depend upon and acknowledge God in all our ways and allow Him to make our path straight. When fear gains a foothold in our minds we entertain all manner of lies, and we develop amnesia on all that God has said and done for us. Unbelief separates us from God, and we do not enjoy the peace, rest and blessings He holds for us.
One of my favorite Old Testament stories that builds my faith is from I Samuel 17 and the confrontation of little David and giant Goliath. Saul and all of his army are cowering in fear as this nine-foot plus warrior of a man who comes out morning and night to challenge one champion to face him in battle. Winner takes all and other army will surrender. David happens to appear to hear the taunts and mocking of Goliath and says he will face and fight him.
When we decide to make steps of faith, our family (David’s brothers scoffed and judged his motives) may turn against us and even those around us may try to dissuade us like Saul did telling David he was no match as a boy against this seasoned military giant of a man. But David had experienced God’s grace and favor to have slain a lion and a bear that had attempted to kill his sheep. David’s faith had been tested, and God had proven to him that He is with him to help him in times of need.
David says to King Saul to not be discouraged as God would deliver this Philistine into his hands as well. Now David is a type of savior to save the nation of Israel from coming under the authority of the Philistine nation. I believe Goliath represents Satan all that is evil trying to destroy us. Perhaps Goliath’s armor bearer represents the demonic spiritual powers assisting him?
When Goliath sees David running toward him with only a sling he curses him and calls him a dog. If God is not into cursing someone or in this case the nation of Israel it will return back to one speaking the curse as it did to Goliath. The very threats he hurled at David to kill him and feed his body to buzzards was the eventual plight of Goliath and his whole army.
David’s fearless faith emboldened Saul’s army to launch into battle to destroy their enemies. We too need to be encouraged to have fearless faith to face the modern day giants that want to destroy us and our nation.
We all have our personal giants we are facing like financial situations, health issues, death, besetting sins, or strained or broken relationships that we can only face as we put our faith in Jesus Christ. In today’s world as a nation we face the giants of humanism, terrorism, secularism, relativism, atheism and Islamism. The tools they use seem to be subjectivity (every man does what he thinks is right in his own eyes), compromise and tolerance. Tolerance used to mean we respect all other beliefs, but today it means we must respect every other behavior no matter how sinful we believe it to be and God’s word proclaims it to be. You could read Romans 1 to better understand the reality of this. In the political arena, there seems to be no ability to compromise but in the church it has come to be expected since we are so much more enlightened than ever before in history however untrue that phrase is.
My question is where are the Davids of today that have fearless faith? Ones who have a total confidence in a God who desires for us to overcome the world and all of its tests and trials just as Jesus did. Ones who like David stand up and move forward in faith proclaiming their faith in the name of the Lord.
How can we obtain this fearless faith? The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. God does not give a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. Perfect love casts out all fear. Be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
May we face life’s giants with this kind of fearless faith? A faith that is ever increasing and enduring until the end that we may enter into the promised rest in eternity with God.