Fresh Hope – 19th January 2021

If you’ve never read the story of David and Goliath, it’s an interesting account found in 1 Samuel 17. Not only because of the underdog defeating a giant, but it introduces each of us to ourselves in a rather awkward way.

Everyone has a Goliath in them, an area of your life that like the giant, is projected as strong, yet always shielded from attack by many layers. A layer of friends who surround you and cover you whenever you are facing a battle. Then a layer of armour to protect your heart and your emotions from what could hurt you.

But more and more during this pandemic, we are finding ourselves increasingly isolated just like when Goliath moved away from the other soldiers to face David.

And in his increasing isolation, the one area he was vulnerable became more exposed, and David could see it.

If a family member, friend or stranger says something that exposes a hole in your armour, it’s normal to be defensive, but do you let that define who you are? Do you lash out and attack or cower and run to hide from anything that exposes the fears and anxieties that you have?

If you allow it, you will become a victim to your vulnerable side, much like Goliath who isn’t remembered for what he said about himself but how his vulnerability caused him to fall.

Your past failures, hidden weaknesses, losses, hurt, should not control you, or condemn you to a life of fear, anxiety, or death. Hidden pain will break your spirit then break your body.

We are reminded in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

No matter where you find yourself today, God does not want you burdened. Leave it with Him, and enjoy the life He created you to live.

Noble Mudenha

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