Overcoming Fear (Psalm 27:1)
Psalm 27:1, The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
We need to remember that he was a mighty warrior. As a teenager, he had gone one-on-one with the fearful giant, Goliath, and won. Before that, he had defended his father’s flock by killing a bear and a lion. The Lord was the strength of David’s life. Therefore, he needed fear no one. And, certainly, David had many enemies who wanted to take his life. Since the the Lord was his light, salvation and strength, he knew he had no cause for fear.
The Lord is never limited by our weaknesses. There are times when God makes the situation seem worse in order to show His mighty power. Why does it seem like God likes to use an underdog? Just think. God used David, a shepherd boy, with a stone and sling to kill a giant covered in armor and trained in warfare (I Samuel 17). The Israelites, walking around to topple a walled city (Joshua 6). Samson, with donkey's jawbone, to kill 1,000 men (Judges 15). God shows His might when the odds are against us.
With God on our side, we can confidently face the challenge ahead with courage. The devil tells us that the things God wants us to do are impossible. He tries to defeat us before the battle even begins by using fear and discouragement to weaken our hearts and undermine our faith. We all fail, but does God put us on a shelf, or bench us from His team for the rest of our lives while we watch others do what we should be doing? The answer can be found in Hebrews 11, God’s hall of faith. These are people who overcame their failures and the fear of failing.
God tests the strength of a believer’s faith. God can use you way beyond your obvious capabilities and in spite of your fear. God can turn our weaknesses and fear into strengths so there is no way we could ever claim credit. There are times when the Lord will lead you in directions you never imagined. The Lord expects us to walk in obedience to His will, but He never asks for a blind leap in the dark. He always asks us to respond to His plans by taking a clear step of faith. The bottom line is this; God will always direct your feet plainly! He will not leave you in doubt. Never doubt in the darkest of circumstances what God has already revealed to you in the light of the Scriptures.
It always seems that God has a strange way of fighting battles. God wants us to trust in Him even when life is hard and it seems all odds are stacked up against us. Maybe He wants to use you to show that He is still mighty. Trust God to provide what you need and see His promises work. When God takes our impossible situations and works them out, He receives the glory He deserves. Trust Him with your impossible situations today.
PRAYER: Lord, too often, through the eyes of the flesh, I see my battles bigger than You. Help me to trust in You and see them as You see them. There is never a problem I encounter that is greater than You. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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