The Shepherd Boy’s Guide To Facing Your Fears (Part 2)

“There’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity”


David the Shepherd Boy is the popular example that comes to mind when it’s time to talk about facing your fears. And so far, we’ve learned from his experience with Goliath, not to “play truant with life” but to seize the lessons to be learned in every happenstance. Doing this is what enables us to not confront challenges like a hot air balloon ready to pop from the slightest of reality checks, but with confidence and wisdom.

What else do we learn from his story?

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

1 Samuel 17:45-47, KJV

Prior to these verses, Goliath had done a lot of trash talking and bantering to strike fear into the heart of David like he’d succeeded in doing with the other men of Israel (and probably also to heat up the atmosphere and put some hype on the fight 🙃).

Like Goliath, most people think David’s reply to Goliath (in the above verses) was his way of bantering back, but only with the Word of God (like a Christian rapper who replies disses with scripture 😅).

If David’s sole intent was to scare Goliath with his words, I’m pretty sure that would not have given him the victory he was looking for, as Goliath obviously had all the advantage and probably didn’t give a rat’s behind about the ravings from an exuberant youth high on some exotic desert weed (I mean, who in their right minds would choose to confront someone that was almost triple your size).

I sense that David’s higher intent here was to remind himself of the Words of Victory he had heard from God, and saying it out loud was the only way to get past the maelstrom of thoughts, beliefs, and doubts that must have been tearing around in his mind.

It was these words, ringing in his ears, and roaring in his heart that must have steadied his heart and his fingers as he applied the Wisdom he already had, defeating Goliath in the process.

What are the challenges before you? How terrible is 2021 looking for you, from a “realistic point of view”? As you rise to face your fears and challenges with strategies born from Wisdom, allow your heart to be reminded of God’s Words concerning you!

You are more than a Conqueror. Best Believe It.

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