Life's furious pace can be overwhelming, and the problems we encounter during those days can seem consuming. We scheme to solve our problems, yet they only grow larger and more complicated. One situation after another arises, and we feel as if we cannot face another trying moment. In fact, we respond by retreating because we are so afraid of another dilemma.
If ever there was a man who had his share of problems, it was David. As a shepherd for his father's flock, David always seemed to be addressing some sort of problem.
Courage is not the absence of fear; rather, it is the conquest of fear.
There was the problem of wild animals who wanted to kill his family's sheep. So, David killed a lion and a bear. Then there was the problem of King Saul, whose fits of rage would compel him to hurl spears at David while he played the harp.
Courage is not the absence of fear; rather, it is the conquest of fear. Surely, David was afraid—he faced death on a regular basis. We see evidence of deep despair and anguish in some of his psalms (see Psalm 6, 3, 42-43, 142, et al.). However, we also see how he faced his fears by placing his faith in God, knowing there is no circumstance from which God cannot deliver us.
As problems arise, we must learn to face our fears with faith—faith that God is going to deliver us. David writes, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). In order to conquer fear, such as the fear of mounting problems, we must lean on God's promises, knowing He will help us overcome any obstacles placed in our paths.
Prayer: Lord, increase my faith as I trust in You to help me face my fears. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen."For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies" (Psalm 57:10).