“Courage is not the absence of fear; rather, it is the conquest of fear” (quote from reblogged post below from “The Daily Way”). King David faced both fear and death on a regular basis throughout his life and it started long before he was King; however, he did whatever was necessary at any given point in time to conquer his fears, and he totally depended on God to show him the way. His faith was unshakable (though I’m sure his knees wobbled at times) and he never gave up.
Neither should we . . . .
What may look on the surface to others to be a “retreat” isn’t always as it seems. God knows how to guide us, but we have to be willing to listen and then to move on if that is what is required. Jesus instructed his disciples to walk away from a town that wouldn’t accept them (see Matthew 10-11). That’s not a retreat or a defeat. Sometimes it’s just the only option left, and . . .
It’s simply moving on in a new direction . . .
And as an old friend of mine often says . . .
You think about that . . . .
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Life’s furious pace can be overwhelming, and the problems we encounter during those days can seem consuming. We scheme to solve our problems, yet they only grow larger and larger. One situation after another arises, and we feel as if we cannot face another trying moment. In fact, we respond by retreating because we are so afraid of another dilemma.
If ever there was a man who had his share of problems, it was David. As a shepherd for his father’s flock, David always seemed to be addressing some sort of problem.
There was the problem of wild animals who wanted to kill his family’s sheep. So, David killed a lion and a bear. Then there was the problem of King Saul, whose fits of rage sometimes resulted in spears being hurled at David while he played the harp.
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