1Samuel 17: 24 “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid”
It is said that there are three hundred and sixty five “FEAR NOT” in the Bible which means we have one for each day. This shows that God does not want us to spend our days preoccupied with anxiety and worry.
One of the major reasons why Saul and his men couldn’t face Goliath was fear. Our focal scripture told us that they were “sore afraid”. It is said that in most crisis, fear kills more people than the crisis itself. Fear can have a paralyzing effect on people, such that they are defeated even before the battle commences.
God knows this so well; that was why He admonished us to fear not. God also knew that the devil’s most devastating weapon is fear and that he will throw it at us daily, hence He gave us a fear not, one for each day.
Saul and his men were already afraid even before the battle proper and as such had mentally conceded defeat to the enemy.
In this bible passage, I discovered that there were two key things that got the army of Israel afraid. These are; what they heard and what they saw. They saw and listened to Goliath, those were the things that shook their courage and resolve. Hear this:
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart…”
Fear mainly gets at us through our sense of hearing and seeing. Once we hear fear or see fear it dominates us. Our eye will always affect our spirit man either positively or negatively.
The solution however is to watch what we hear and see. Solomon admonished us thus:
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Don’t be careless about your heart, guard it and filter the information that goes in there and above all, don’t ever listen to your enemy more than you listen to God.
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