As human beings, we fear one thing or another.
Some fears are huge like giants that paralyse us from living life.
We become insecure- Fear and Insecurity go hand in hand.
Many fears that we face are:
Fear of Failure: Letting people down because of high expectations
Fear of Change: New stage in life – from student life to working life, Change in a bad habit.
Fear of Losing: Someone we love goes away.
Fear of opinions of others: Judgement, being misunderstood, letting people down,etc.
Fear of mistakes we made in the past, and the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Fear of not making use of our time well. We are fearful with how to allocated our time to do what, to go where, to be with who.
All these fears are real. They do not go away if we do not DO something about facing these giants. When we take the first step to stand firm to face our giants, God will not abandon us because he is with us to help us.
Remember the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, 20-50?
Like David, we need to do something with the giants. In the same way, David stood against his giant, Goliath.
We need to face our giants. The Israelites, even King Saul, were shaking with fear whenever the Giant shouted his challenge.
Verse 24: Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.
The Israelites saw Goliath. They run away.
Where was their focus? They focussed on his strength, his loud voice, his threats, his weapons. They looked at the giant and run away. David too looked at the giant but he focussed on God.
- Verse 45-47: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
This was what made the difference. David looked at the Giant, but he looked at God more! David trusted in God, and knew that God will be there to help him, to guide him, to give him courage.
- Verse 50: So David triumphed over the Philistine with a slingand a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
With a sling and a stone, David conquered the giant. What about us? Do we fix our eyes on God, or at the many fears we have that paralysed us? Where do we put our trust?
Sr Sandra Seow
Verbum Dei Missionaries