Mick’s CV Memo – A Model for Facing Fear

When heavily expected outcomes are achieved in sports, a common metaphor is to claim that “David Slew Goliath”.  But it is not just a metaphor, it is a fact of history that David, when about 17 years old, killed a seasoned warrior giant named Goliath.  And he did it in front of a valley full of warriors from two warring armies, one that was hiding from Goliath in fear and another that was hiding behind Goliath’s intimidating presence. David saw things in a completely different light.  He saw Goliath and the Philistine army as opponents of God.  He saw God as the ultimate warrior on whose side he chose to be. He was so convinced of this that he couldn’t understand how the others didn’t see it. He saw himself as an instrument God could use to defeat even such an intimidating enemy.  Why?  Because God had used him as an instrument in defending the sheep.  When wild animals had attacked the flock, he had fought and killed them with God’s power and protection.

What are your greatest fears right now?  We can learn some great lessons from David. We can remind ourselves that we need to be more concerned about whether we are on God’s side than whether He is on ours.  We can look back on times when God has brought us through things that had stirred fear in us. We can take courage in knowing that God is bigger than any giant we face and that in light of His power, they are powerless.

When monumental upsets happen in sports (like the 1980 Olympic team victory over the Soviet Union) the teams involved have overcome their fear and created a confidence in their ability to win.  We will win against this contagion.  We will be tested. We will need to be creative.  We will need to offer our best abilities to God for His use.  But as David said… “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

God will prevail.

With you in Him,

Mick