There are moments in life when fear grips us and brings us to our knees. You are physically frozen. I imagine the scene from scripture, 1Samuel 17: 2, where the Philistines and Israelite armies prepare for battle. Each is camped upon opposite sides of the mountains with the valley between them. We always seem to have a better perspective from the heights of the mountains, yet we focus on the times we are in the valley. I imagine myself in this valley, surrounded by the mountains that are large and over-powering, feeling as though there is nowhere to go, the fear becomes my giant. Our eyes naturally look towards the external forces in our lives. BUT, out of the valley, with his eyes fixed upon the Lord, comes David. He speaks to the Philistine,
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LordAlmighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
God gives David the victory. Why? Because he kept his eyes fixed on Him. All giants seem larger than they really are and we have no control over them, however, fear is a liar because NOTHING is larger than our God.
“Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
2 Chronicals 20:15