Saturday, October 19, 2013

David & Goliath-Fear

I"m so blessed to be posting the 100th blog post with 3633 views!  I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to those who read my post and share them with others! Means a whole lot to me. 

David was a shepherd boy who spent most of his time in the fields with the lambs and the sheep.  He always wondered about God who created this lovely world.  Prophet Samuel had sent for him and anointed his head with oil.  This was the sign that God had chosen David to be the future king of Israel.  David had returned to the hills near Bethlehem to take care of his father’s sheep

At that time, the Israelites were still at war with their old enemies, the Philistines.  One day when David was in the hills, one of the king’s servants came to fetch him.  The servant asked David to bring his harp and go to the king.  King Saul who was ill and unhappy wanted to hear David play the harp.  David played the harp for the sad king who was comforted by the music.  The king regained his strength and went to his army.  The armies of the Israelites and the Philistines were on opposite sides of the hill, and both armies were ready for battle.  Each day the Philistines sent their champion, Goliath, who was fully armed and gigantic in size, to shout across the valley “Choose a man, and if he were able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants.  But if I kill him, then you shall serve us.”

The Israelites trembled as they heard the voice of Goliath.  Nobody was brave or strong enough to fight with this giant Philistine.  One day, David came to the Israelites’ camp to see his brothers.  He heard the words of Goliath.  He was amazed that the Israelites were all afraid.  “I will go and fight with this Philistine” David said.  When the king knew about David’s intention, he said “You are not able to fight for you are a youth, and the Philistine is a man of war”.  David replied “The lord who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear when I kept my father’s sheep, will deliver me.” The king said “Go, then, and the Lord shall be with you.”  Unarmed, except for his staff, his shepherd’s sling and a few stones, David went to confront the giant. 
Goliath was angry when he saw that the Israelites sent a shepherd boy to meet him.  “Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks and stones?” Goliath shouted.  “Today the Lord will deliver you into my hands and all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” David replied.  David ran fearlessly towards the Philistine giant, he slipped one of the stones into his sling, and skillfully flung it so that it hit Goliath in the forehead, who fell to the ground.  When the Philistine army saw that their champion is dead, they fled the battle.  The Israelites won the battle and David whom God had chosen to be the future king of Israel was the hero of the people of Israel.

How do we relate to our circumstances when there is no hope that comes to mind? Do we give up, do we break down crying, do we fear or do we stand still and see the the Lord?  
 Isaiah 9:7: Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.The zeal of the Lord Almighty accomplish this. 
David fight lions and bears to protect his father's sheep.  God loved David's heart and wanted him to be king.  As David approached Goliath, Goliath looked at David and thought it was a joke.  Galiath was this big  wall and he was  9"ft tall, everyone feared him. They never went to God and asked for peace or prayed for courage, David had no "fear" when he faced Goliath, David could have feared but he knew who was greater  even when he knew he was small and can take that fear from him, God. David is like us we are little and we have fear we need to hand our fear over to God, yes we may have a "Goliath" in our way but as long as we stand firm on God's word, we can do anything like concur our dreams!  You and I have free will to live as we please, we have free choice. David chose to submit his will early in his life to the Lord and let Him direct his pathways. He did not lean to his own understanding when he faced Goliath!  

We relate to David and Goliath the story from the bible.  We have this big horrible Goliath in our way and we being David the small little person we need to have the mind set that he had, trust in God, pray for courage and peace. David's heart was fully set enabling him to face Goliath. It was sword against the spirit of Goliath's voice that was roaring in his ears. He was brought to a test to prove God's ability to stand with anyone who makes Him Lord! When we humble ourselves unto the Lord during the good times when we walk in his ways.  David knew his Lord and gave his life to Him by walking in the Spirit/Word of the Lord! 

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