Did David Have a Spirit of Fear?


2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”(NKJV) I love both of these translations. Tonight’s post is inspired by what I’ve read and heard people say about David. Despite there being no evidence suggesting David was afraid to face Goliath (the truth is actually quite the opposite of that), so many talk about how David was afraid and still what God wanted. Here’s the kicker: God doesn’t want us to be afraid.

Here are just a few of the verses where you can see that God tells us to not be afraid:

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:1 “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?”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In the verses mentioned above, God tells us to not be afraid. A favorite verse of mine is Psalm 46:10 where God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” We shouldn’t be afraid, because we have God with us.

Let’s take a look at the attitude David had when facing Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:26, David pretty much asks, “Who does this guy think he is to defy the army of God?” This was as soon as David heard of Goliath. That was his first thought. A few verses down (v. 29) David asks, “Is there not a cause?” Think about what he’s asking for just a minute. David is asking them isn’t there a good reason to have conviction. The rest of these men had been too cowardly to stand up to Goliath, it’s almost like David is astounded that no one has stood up to him.

Would you believe that David, without hesitation, told them that he would go and fight the Philistine (vs. 32)? King Saul didn’t believe he could it, but David told him that the Lord would deliver him from the Philistine, just as the Lord delivered him from the lion and the bear (vs. 33-37). Have you noticed anything yet that would suggest that David was afraid?

When David went up to meet Goliath, the giant was insulted that someone of David’s stature wound up being the one to challenge him. However, David was not afraid. We can see in his reply to Goliath that he trusted in God (vs. 45-47). In verse 48, David hurried and ran toward the Army to meet the Philistine. Does that sound like someone who was afraid? No, he trusted and believed in God the way we are supposed to trust and believe in Him.

Before I end this post, there’s another part of the Bible I want to briefly discuss. In Daniel chapter 3, we read about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. King Nebuchadnezzar had decreed that whenever people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, the people shall fall down and worship the golden image that he made. If people didn’t worship it, then they would be cast into a burning fiery furnace.

It came to the attention of the king that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused to worship the king’s gods and the golden image he had made. The king was enraged when he heard that and had commanded that those three be brought to him. Nebuchadnezzar basically told them to either worship the image he made or be cast into the furnace and killed. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego stood up to him (vs. 16-18).

Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury when they told him they wouldn’t worship the golden image. He was so furious that he commanded the furnace be heated seven times more than usual. (Now that’s pretty hot.) They were bound in their coats, trousers, turbans, and their other garments, and cast into the fire. The people who had put them in the furnace were burned by it from being so hot, but Shadrach Meshach, and Abed-Nego fell down in the midst of it. The king was astonished. Not only were those three unharmed, but there was a fourth being in their. King Nebuchadnezzar said the form of the fourth was like the Son of God. After all this happened, the king let them go and decreed that anyone who spoke ill against God would be punished. Just as in the case of David, these men showed no fear. They put their trust in God that His will be done, regardless of what happened to them.

There are many instances in the Bible where we are told to not be afraid. Romans 8:35,37-39 states, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?….Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Be of good courage (Psalm 27:14),  He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

I hope this has helped somebody. God bless you, I love you.


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