As I studied 1 Samuel this week, I was in awe at David’s courage—he possessed a boldness uncommon, a bravery to fight a giant and most importantly, a firmness in Christ. As a young shepherd, David took care of his father’s sheep and even killed both a lion and bear to protect them [see 1 Samuel 17:34-37]. There can be no question about David’s bravery. But why was David so bold? What was behind his courage?
David had grown strong in his confidence by trusting God when he had encountered wild animals while guarding his father’s sheep. His fearlessness was firmly rooted in God’s promises and God’s power to fulfill them. In the preceding chapter, Samuel the prophet had informed David that God had chosen him to be the next king of Israel and anointed him with his brothers around him [see 1 Samuel 16:13]. David knew this information when he arrived in the camp and drew additional confidence by remembering how God had helped him in the past. When we face towering problems, we must recall how God has helped us in the past—taking heart because God gives us strength to move forward.
We have to also remember that courage is the action we take, despite our fear. Being courageous doesn’t mean that we’re not afraid. Our eyes can look around and see the devastating dangers. Our hearts can quickly be overwhelmed by the surrounding circumstances. It comes down to us needing to make a choice… To walk in FAITH during our fearful times… To TRUST God, knowing He is always in control of the outcome.
Just as David battled Goliath with God’s help, we, too, can have courage to swing our slingshot toward our enemy, Satan, as well as all the overwhelming plights we may be facing—keeping our eyes on God above, Who is our strength, our protector and our conqueror.
Here are a few Bible verses about fear from the book of Psalms:
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 118:6