Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 17:1-11, 26-32, 38-51 (day five)
When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. 17:11
We all lack courage to some degree. Underneath our outer appearances are varying degrees of doubt and insecurity that turns to fear; e.g. what others think about us, sharing our faith, relationships, sickness, the future. From the beginning in Genesis, we see the effects of human insecurity and doubting of God’s Words and His promises.
David had a courageous heart- trusting God’s Word and promises. “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Fear kept the Israelites from trusting God’s promises and His power. Fear does the same to us. We must ask God for courage. If we don’t, then the giants will always seem too big and the voices (internal and external) of doubt and fear will cause us to hide and keep us from the work of God.
Grant us wisdom grant us courage: For the facing of this Hour, For the living of these days, Lest we miss Your Kingdom’s goals, That we fail not them nor Thee, Serving You Whom we adore.