The Fear of Man – 1 Samuel 21

“David heard these comments and was very afraid of what King Achish of Gath might do to him. So he pretended to be insane, scratching on doors and drooling down his beard.” (1 Sam 21:12-13)

In this chapter, David flees to Nob and sees Ahimelech the priest. He gives him holy bread and sends him off with the sword of Goliath, to help him in his matter that he kept hidden. So David didn’t let him know he was running from Saul, but said Saul sent him on a secret mission. So David fled to King Achish of Gath, a Philistine king. But when the officers started talking to Achish about him because he was a famous warrior in Israel, he feared for his life and pretended to be a madman. Well, it worked and Achish sent him away, wanting nothing to do with him!

What I noticed in verses 12 and 13, is that it was fear that caused David to act differently in front of the king and everyone. Fear makes us act contrary to who we really are. David was not a madman, but because he feared what man might do to him, he acted like one. Love, however, along with faith will cause us to be whom God has created us to be. God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. He hasn’t called us to live in fear, acting contrary to who we are- He has called us to live free of the fear of man and to act boldy in the faith God gives us, because He loves us. We are called to fear God, not man. Cursed is everyone who fears man, (Jer 17:5) so fear God- and be yourself in Him.

“Father, thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, created to be free from the fear of man and to love, fear and obey You, and learning to be who I am in You. Help me not to act contrary to the person You made me to be, because of the fear of man, but to live out of the nature of God within me, by Your Spirit in me- out of love and faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Prov 29:25; Ecc 12:13-14; Jer 17:5; 2 Tim 1:6-7


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