Fear on Repeat

Woah, what a week! Holiday weeks are short, but they sure put you through the paces, don’t they? 

Have you ever had a test or presentation that you know that you shouldn’t be worried about, but you’re anxious anyway? I’ve had two presentations that have had me rattled all week. One was for church, and the other was for business. Both of them seemed to have a lot on the line, and although I consider myself a good presenter, they both seemed so BIG. I repeatedly had to give them both to God.

I felt like David peering up at the flaring nostrils of Goliath.

Is there a Goliath in your life? Something that appears menacing and so enormous you wonder if you’ll ever be able to get around, over or through it? As I was praying through those presentations, God reminded me how David actually defeated Goliath. And I’m not talking about the slingshot heard around the world. I’m talking before he even met the guy.

David beat Goliath by faithful repetition. 

Look at what he tells King Saul just before the throwdown. “The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!”( 1 Samuel 17:37) David wasn’t a gladiator in some fancy arena facing caged wild animals. He was a shepherd tending a full buffet for wild animals. He had put the smackdown on scary things long before Goliath came around. 

I have friends who are firemen and combat veterans, and when you ask them about when they served and if they were scared, they always say something like, “Of course we were scared, but that’s what we did. It’s what we trained for. We fought scared.” This is the second time this year that God has given me a glimpse of what freedom from anxiety looks like. It’s not Him removing fear. It’s me operating alongside God within that fear.

The further we read into the chapter, David reveals the deeper secret to this freedom. “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” 1 Sam 16:13 

If I am full of the Spirit and dependant on God, I can defeat my Goliath.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 

How can fear of any size stand up to that truth? If Goliath is taunting you and you could use some prayer, I would love to pray for you. Shoot me an email to ShawnMcCarthy@seacoast.org or comment below.

We will get through this together!

In His Service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Fear on Repeat

  1. Not quite 2 wees ago I was moving from one place to another. This move was hopefully just temporary, the reason for it not important enough to be written about here. But, I had trepidation about it and all the differences it would cause in my daily living, (nothing bad, jes different) UNTIL, God pushed all those iffy thoughts away and soothed my anxiety. I gave myself up to the Lord, and let him guide me, after realizing that it was He that proposed this minor change n my life. So with renewed strength I move forward, with Him at m side, guiding me onwards enjoying what I have been given, and a reminder that He is always with us. Thank you Pastor Shawn for your timely message.

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