Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
If Faith Comes By Hearing... (Part 2, Conclusion)
On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
1 Samuel 17:11 (NIV)
So, here's how it went: 'A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall' (1 Samuel 17:4). Goliath was a giant with a loud 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).
We know the end of the story--that a seemingly wimpy kid (the future King David) killed the giant named Goliath, but that's not the point here. The point is fear.
If faith comes by hearing, so does fear.
Fear is the opposite of faith, and it stops us dead in our tracks. Words like 'I can't.,.', 'You can't.,.', or 'Who are you to think you can succeed in Hollywood,..' build fear walls in our lives--fear that stops the miracles of faith from the victory that has our name on it.
David's name was to be King David, and he received it in faith. God says we are royalty, too. 'But 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).
The lesson? Be careful what you hear. Do not receive negative words. Avoid them if possible. If not, do what David did--answer back: 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty' (read the whole story in 1 Samuel 17).
You've been called into a marvelous light. Run toward it.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the If Faith Comes By Hearing series.