Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
(1 Samuel 21 & 22)
”Fear God Not Man!”
Text: 1 Samuel 21:12
“Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath.”
“Fear God Not Man” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning. It is refreshing to know that even men of great Faith and Trust in God were once gripped and ensnared by the fear of man, rather than the fear of God. Moses and Pharoah, after he killed an Egyptian, Gideon and the Midianites, and King David and Saul, and Achish. Fear of Saul moved David to lie to the priest Abimelech; and the Fear of Achish moved David to pretend he was insane, in order to escape from the Philistines. However when David was “reminded” of Who He Was as “the King of the Land,” something happened when he “took these words to heart!” I can almost hear David say something like “I don’t belong here with the enemies of God. I need to get back to where I belong into the hand of God.”
“The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” (Prov.29:25).
The fear of man causes us to forget Who We Are and Who God Is; and drives us to believe a lie that we are alone and helpless!
The fear of God is not terror, but an awesome wonder of and a respect for Who He Is! This fear of God Affirms Who We Are as God’s son and daughter - and Who He Is as our Father: “Omnipotent, All Powerful; Omnipresent, Present Everywhere At The Same Time; and Omniscient, All Knowing Past, Present, and Future.
This same King David who once feared Saul and Achish later wrote Psalmist 27; opening with these first 3 verses:
“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?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.” (Psa.27:1-3).
David Grew into this place of his fear of God; and so will you and I Grow in our fear of God! Our fear of God is “Battle Tested,” proven through using God’s Word in every spiritual battle we face. It is only by exercise that we grow stronger. Our Faith Must Be Challenged and Remain Stedfast for it to Grow. This was the experience of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, and David. It will also be our experience too.
We Fear God Alone and We Fear No Man! Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,