A daily dose of God’s touch in a minute…
On Sunday the 22nd of March 2020 the Government of India issued an India-wide Lock-down, Public Curfew and Social Distancing to curb the spread of the corona virus. It was a strange and uncertain situation. Fear was all around.
I was praying and as I read the book of 1 Samuel chapter 17, I realized how relevant the story of David and Goliath is in times such as these.
The passage describes that people were fearful of a giant called Goliath. Until David showed up. He heard how the giant was threatening the people and causing fear and worry. David immediately decided to take the situation in his own hands.
Even King Saul suggested that Goliath was too big for a young boy like David to encounter. But David did not flinch. He offered his past credentials of killing a lion and a bear with his bare hands as tested proof that he could handle this monster too.
The story as we know ends with David conquering Goliath with just one targeted stone flung from his slingshot.
The cause: David’s trust and confidence in the Lord God Almighty.
The Bible testifies that God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of Power, Love and sound mind.
Under the new testament, God has established an even better covenant with us through the blood of His Son Jesus shed on the cross. The blood of Jesus qualifies us to be partakers of the new covenant. This means that the spirit of power is now accessible to us through Jesus. And so, anyone who believes in Jesus can receive Holy Spirit Power to challenge the spirit of fear, not just in our own life, but also in the life of our loved ones, in overwhelming situations and in all areas of life.
Overcoming worry and fear is of such importance that Jesus preached it during His sermon on the mount. Jesus encouraged us that no matter what our challenge not to worry. As an example, He said to look at the birds and the flowers. They don’t’ worry, they don’t struggle, they are not afraid, and yet their needs are met, and they are protected because God is mindful of them.
Jesus asks us one question. If God can give attention to the well-being of birds and flowers, wouldn’t He care much more about us humans?
You may be going through Goliath like challenges. Fear Not. Even though things may seem overwhelming. Put your trust and hope in God.
In closing, let me also share that while I pondered over these things during the Lock-down, I was reminded of a time when God delivered me from the spirit of fear. I decided to put together a short video to share that experience.
I hope the video encourages you.
PS: Please share your comments if you would like to read or see any more such experiences of God’s ability to influence and alter challenging life situations.