Read the story of David and Goliath. I know it is familiar but read it again ask the LORD for fresh eyes to see. Often we hear this preached as a sermon about overcoming Giants in your life. There were two giants on the field that day one was a Philistine warrior and the other was fear. Goliath simply hurled taunts and insults. Yet his threats and intimidation paralyzed an entire army. Not just any Army, but the Army of the living God! The soldiers could have rushed the giant! They could have called upon God for a miracle! Yet they cowered for 40 days in fear! The giant of “fear” was larger than Goliath.
This is the procedure adopted by circus trainers to ensure that elephants never rebel – and I suspect that it is also what happens with a lot of people.When still a baby, the elephant is tethered by a very thick rope to a stake firmly hammered into the ground. The elephant tries several times to get free, but it lacks the strength to do so. After many months, the stake and the rope are still strong enough to keep a small elephant tethered, although it continues to try, to free itself. Sooner or later, the animal realizes that the rope will always be too strong and so it gives up.When it reaches adulthood, the elephant still remembers how, for a long time, it had wasted its energies trying to escape captivity. At this stage, the trainer can tether the elephant with a slender thread tied to a small stick, and the elephant will make no attempt to escape to freedom. Does the memory of pain and fear of failure hold you back from snapping the twine that binds you?
There were two kings on the battlefield that day, and one knew his God and won the hearts of the people. The other was full of the fear of man. He spent his life bound by fear and jealousy. The other though young, weak, foolish, and immature he cultivated the fear of the LORD! David knew personally that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom! That living before the burning fiery eyes of God, was more important than living for the praise of men! King Saul should have been willing to die for the LORD and His people, yet he cowered in fear. Even his attempt to offer David his armor was probably meant to steal some glory in the eyes of his men, many of whom would have seen his armor and assumed it was the King.
What’s the secret to overcoming fear of man? The “fear of the LORD” trumps the fear of man every time. David feared and loved the LORD more than he feared the Giant! His worship catapulted him on to the stage of a great showdown with a fearsome warrior. He knew His God and he had confidence that it was better to die honoring the LORD then live as a slave to fear. Rise up with a heart of worship and you will see many giants of fear fall! Live for the one man whose burning fiery eyes (revelation 1) are the only ones that matter!