“When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3).
I love how little kids make up words. Like calling pockets “snack-holes” or shoelaces “shoe-snakes.” When my son was little he had a word that always made me smile – when his memory failed him, he didn’t forget, he said “I fear-get.” I thought that was so cute – I wanted to box his teacher’s ears when she corrected him.
That is the perfect word for how some of us live. We fear-get. We give in to fear and we forget who our God is and what He is able to do. We fear-get His power and His promises. We fear-get His Word and His Spirit.
When Israel battled the Philistine army one enemy soldier caused the whole army to tremble in fear. Goliath was a giant of a man – “over nine feet tall” – and he used his size to his advantage. He loomed large and heckled Saul’s soldiers and “all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified” (1 Samuel 17: 4-11). Their fear caused them to forget their God and his power and promises as they trembled before their enemy. Enter David, the young shepherd-boy with a sling, a pocket full of stones and an unwavering faith in the Lord. He recognized the enemy was defying “the army of the Living God” of Israel (v. 36). In other words, he knew this battle belonged to the Lord. While David faced off against Goliath, Goliath faced off against God. And Goliath went down. Hard.
There are two important lessons to learn here.
The Israelite army trembled at the threats and ranting of Goliath. At words. They were afraid to stand against the giant because of words. That is satan’s favorite ploy against us – he is a “roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8) – but roaring can’t hurt you. He’s just making a lot of loud noise. When we listen to satan’s words, we fear-get the Word of God and tremble like the army of Israel.
But when David went to confront Goliath, he went “in the name of the Lord Almighty” (v. 45). He carried five smooth stones in his pouch – and the memory of how God had given him victory in the past. Recalling how he had killed lions and bears in his shepherding work, David declared, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). Unlike the Israelite army, David didn’t run from the enemy – he “ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him” (v. 48). He loaded his sling with one stone and all the confidence He had in the Lord. He didn’t fear-get a thing.
What makes you fear-get? What makes you tremble and fear-get God’s love, grace, mercy, hope, power and promises. What makes you fear-get His Word? What makes you fear-get who you are in Christ? What makes you fear-get all the God has done for you? David Jeremiah says, “When we recognize how God has been our help in ages past, we’ll remember He’s our hope for years to come.” Beloved, the mighty God of David is your God too. He delivered Israel and He will deliver you. Don’t give in to the rants of the enemy. Don’t fear-get about God.