“Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David and had departed from Saul.” 1 Samuel 18:12.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 18, 1 Chronicles 6, Psalm 11, and Matthew 3.
Here, in today’s verse, we can clearly see why someone (Saul) is afraid: God is no longer with them.
We can also understand why David was so fearless: He knew that God was with him and acted accordingly.
The “acting accordingly” part is very important. It is like hearing the Gospel and claiming to believe it. If there is no “acting accordingly,” then it is safe to assume that the so-called belief is NOT in place.
Being apart from God did a number on Saul. He was angry. He was moody. He was unpredictable. He was devious. Godlessness will do that to us.
We must be careful not to assume that if we are Godly we will be successful by the world’s standards. No, the standards will be God’s. In our times of trusting Him He will lift our spirits and strength us as we are aware of His presence no matter what our circumstances are.
“I fear because I forget Your sovereignty.” – Tim Keller.
“Lord, some things in the Bible are very understandable and this is one of those times. When I am full of You, I will not fear. When I am full of me, I will be terrified. David was on one side of this and Saul was on the other. Fill me with You. Remove the footholds that Satan has set up in me. The inroads I have allowed him to make. I want only You in charge. I resist the Devil, in Your Name. Take me over, Father.”
Our fears reveal to us what we have placed our trust in instead of God.