On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
Here's how God's sizable story started:
'A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall' (1 Samuel 17:4): a big bully with a big, bully mouth, who said things like, 'I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field' (1 Samuel 11:44).
All of us cheer the end of the story: when a wimpy kid (and not a soldier), a seemingly know-nothing teen shepherd (who assuredly knew the Mighty God)... killed the awesome giant named Goliath,
But that's not the point here. The point is fear.
If faith comes by hearing, then so does fear.
Fear is the deadly dampener of faith. When heeded, it stops us dead in our tracks. Words like 'I can't...', 'You can't...', 'You'd be crazy...,' or 'Who are you to think you can succeed...'
In your dream to become a performer?
In a field with so much competition?
Among sinners, dangers and risks? (Oh my!)
If allowed, fear constructs walls in our lives: walls that block our God-given destinies, walls that stop the miracles meant for us, walls that pen us in the ordinary.
But no child of God is ordinary.
The fearless shepherd became King David. Through faith in Christ, we are royalty, too.
'You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His Own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light' (1 Peter 2:9).
1) Be deliberate about what you hear. When given a choice, don't listen to junk.
2) Be mindful of media messaging. Bad lyrics and scripts can stick in your mind.
3) Regarding negative words and people: If they're nothing more than pests, avoid them.
If they're worse, do what David did--respond: 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty.' (Read more in 1 Samuel 17).
You've been called into God's marvelous light. Don't cower. Don't settle. Run toward it.
## Fear Comes By Hearing, Too (Part 2)
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2011 Shine Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the If Faith Comes By Hearing (2021) series.