Running Toward the Goliath of Fear
- Created on September 13th, 2006
Almost everyone is familiar with the story of how David defeated Goliath. It’s been the topic of thousands of great sermons and inspires many to take on their own giants and confront their fears. The power that fear can have over all of us is amazing. People won’t get married because of fear. They will remain on the same job due to the fear of facing something new. Many are even afraid to go to the doctor due to the fear of hearing they might possess some terrible disease. I want to encourage you to "run toward that Goliath of fear" and conquer it.
Let’s take a closer look at how David actually defeated Goliath who truly was an incarnation of fear and doubt. I also want to say from the onset that all of us will have to face many giants in our lives. Goliath was not the only giant David faced. He constantly faced giants. His own family did not appear to value him. King Saul tried to kill him on numerous occasions. His own son turned against him and attempted to take away his kingdom. One of his greatest battles was with personal sin. It doesn’t take long to figure out that Goliath was not the only giant he faced, though he may have been the most popular.
Many of us face numerous giants in our own lives, most of which have gone unnoticed. The battles your friends, family and acquaintances are familiar with are usually only the tip of the iceberg. The battles most of us have fought have been personal and private struggles that we’ve fought in secret.
One of the giants people face in life is the Goliath of illness. Many avoid this battle with the excuses of, "I feel okay today, I don’t need to see a doctor" or "I’ll pick up something from the Drugstore to make me feel better, it worked the last time". My personal favorite is , "I have a strong threshold for pain, this little bit of discomfort doesn’t bother me." I’ve seen people ignore chest pain, severe headaches, weight loss and fatigue for years without ever going to the doctor for a check–up.
Please realize that illness is not the same as a weakness. Jesus never said to anyone that they were sick because they were morally or mentally weak. The great apostle Paul who wrote three fourths of the New Testament had a physical infirmity he dealt with for many years. He was certainly someone I would never consider to be morally or mentally weak.
The part of David’s battle with Goliath we should keep in our minds and hearts is recorded in I Samuel 17:48. The verse says, "David, hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine." David ran toward the enemy. He did not try to dodge Goliath, he did not attempt to hide behind some object, but he ran toward the thing that the rest of the army of Israel feared. We all know that he was victorious and was able to cut the head of the giant off.
I encourage anyone who is dealing with that giant of fear related to an illness to run toward that sickness with the boldness of David. Go to the doctor with the assurance that the God you serve can heal, cure or give you the victory over any sickness or disease you may have to deal with. Sometimes the biggest fear you may have to face is just dealing with the unknown.
Our God is never afraid of anything. We can honor Him the most by doing the same. Remember, we are made in his image, so be bold and "Run toward whatever Goliath of fear you may be facing.
Blessings on your journey to wellness
Minister GW Tyles