‘But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me” Then Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say…”‘ 1 samuel 16:2 A critical look at this verse shows us God’s attitude towards “fear”.
Back track to eighth chapter of first Samuel (1 Samuel 8), and you would see the people of Israel rejecting God as their king (vs. 7). They had seen neighbouring nations having kings that ruled over them hence, desired a king too (vs. 4).
Being a faithful and loving God, He heard their request and instructed Samuel to anoint Saul as their king (1Samuel 9:15-16). King Saul was doing great until he rebelled against God, choosing rather to please men (whom he was to serve) than God (who appointed him as king-see 1 Samuel 15:13-23).
Fast forward to chapter sixteen, and God went visiting. He came to Samuel’s house, giving him instructions as regards choosing a new king for Israel (while Saul was still alive) because He had rejected him as king. Samuel’s reply, which is what we see above indicated his fear- that Saul would kill him if he hears about his intention. What surprises me is not the fact that Samuel was afraid of dying (it’s only natural, especially when it’s done by piercing with a sword), but what God said in reply “Take an heifer…”. My question is, wasn’t God listening? Samuel was talking about a serious matter (death) and God was talking to him about a heifer (a mere animal). This don’t seem to make sense…
Through out the Scripture, we see God (and even His angel) instructing His people not to fear. It’s obvious that God had everything against fear; no wonder He didn’t respond to Samuel’s display of fear. His Word says that He hasn’t given us the spirit of fear (because He simply doesn’t have it to give) but of power (the direct working of faith), love and sound mind.
Fear comes by listening to the devil’s lies,
faith also come by hearing; hearing the Word of God.
Fear tells you that God’s Word is of the past( it’s not viable any longer),
but faith brings God’s Word to past in our lives.
Fear says “God’s Word is not true, and He just might not come through”,
Faith says “God’s Word is forever true and He will always come through”.
Fear brings doubt, Faith brings power. The devil wants us doubting, he knows that a doubleminded man can not receive anything from God-James 1:6-8.
God wants us believing and trusting because He wants us to receive everything He’s got.
By and with faith,a man becomes all that God says he is. In fear, he simply becomes all that the devil wants him to be.
God’s Word is the seed for faith, Devil’s lies are the seeds for fear.
Faith is Now,
Fear is never.
Faith is a call to rest,
Fear is a call to worry and struggle.
Therefore, fear not! God is more than able.
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