32 "And David said to (King) Saul, 'Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.'"
1 Samuel 17:32 (ESV)
The nation of Israel was paralyzed and intimidated by an imposing enemy, the Philistines. Led by a giant, Goliath, they seemed impossible to defeat. The hearts of many were failing. However, one young man, David, let his heart break over what broke God's heart – seeing God’s people shrink back in fear. This young man moved beyond paralysis and stood in the gap between personal fear and stiff opposition. There, David met his giant. He wasn't afraid to move to the middle of the ring, to approach the giant. By making that move, driven by uncommon love and a heart properly broken, a win for the ages took place.
How do we get beyond fear like David did?
Find the frozen places in and around you – but don't let fear of failure freeze you.
Let your heart break over what breaks God's heart.
Live for a cause greater than yourself and love it! God always meets people there.
Declare your intentions. To confess is to confirm your direction. It sets so much in motion.
Make a move. Shoot off the sideline. Get to the middle. Stand in the gap. Proactive always holds the advantage.
Fight hard after the heart of your King. The most dangerous man in a fight is the one who doesn’t care if he lives or dies, all he cares about is honoring the King. We fight so much better when we fight like this. That’s when the battle becomes noble, we see God at work and fear flees.
Are you frozen in fear or facing a giant -- an enemy of God and His people? Athlete, move forward! An epic win, one for the ages, may be only one shot away.