To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell
How do you feel when fear enters your heart? Do you try to take control of the situation and maneuver it to your benefit?
1 Samuel 18:6-8 (AMP)
6As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the Israelite towns, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul with timbrels, songs of joy, and instruments of music. 7And the women responded as they laughed and frolicked, saying, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8And Saul was very angry, for the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed only thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?
Saul was rejected by God and was probably very sensitive to the way the people loved David. Instead of working out his anger, he allowed it to fester into fear. His fear eventually over took him to rebel against anyone who he knew loved David.
He tried to control Jonathan and Michal, but their loyalty was with David. Saul knew that his kingdom wasn’t going to be led by God and his dream of his family continuing the dynasty was in jeopardy. In the natural, Jonathan was the next of kin and would take that honor; but God had other plans. Saul was determined to kill David and remove any likelihood of him ever being king.
Fear lead to control that lead to his destruction.
On the other hand, David asks a simple question twice; “What have I done?”
1 Samuel 17:29 (AMP)
And David said, What have I done now? Was it not a harmless question?
When David was younger, his father asked him to deliver food to his brothers. As he entered the camp, he noticed the negativity. All the men were gathered in one place and fear was overwhelming them. David couldn’t understand the dilemma and questioned why they weren’t moving into battle. He saw the giant and started to ask questions. David wasn’t alarmed by the height and strength of Goliath. He knew that the Lord had equipped him with something better than the natural eye. He didn’t allow the fear to over take him. He allowed the training and the God given talents to fill him. Hence, defeating Goliath.
1 Samuel 20:1 (AMP)
DAVID FLED from Naioth in Ramah and came and said to Jonathan, What have I done? Of what am I guilty? What is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?
David was devastated when it was confirmed that Saul wanted to kill him. David slew Goliath, he soothed Saul’s spirit by playing the lyre, defeated thousands of Philistines in battle, and was an obedient servant in the house of Saul. What have I done to deserve this? David couldn’t understand the urgency of his death. But he knew that he had to go into hiding in order to keep alive. Fear tried to settle in his heart. But because he knew the Lord, he always went back to Him for shelter. He knew that serving the Lord was the only way of surety and deliverance from this state of mind. Hence, after many years of being under the radar, patiently waiting for the Lord to deliver him, he became King David.
When fear tends to enter your mind, stop it immediately. Remember that when we relinquish the fear to the Lord, He will work it all out. You may feel undervalued, disrespected, alone in the battle. But the Lord is watching. He will allow you to go through the fire, but you won’t be burned. He’ll allow the hurt come your way, but it will not break you. He will allow you to flourish from the experience and honor you for your obedience through it all.
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