Fear is a liar

I had a very intense bout with fear this week.

I got off work a little early and I was excited to have about an hour to go lay out before picking the kids up. Upon exiting my back door, barefoot, I stepped on a huge snake.

I panicked and jumped on a chair. In my panic I left the door open to my house 🤦🏻‍♀️. While I’m screaming and trying to call my husband the snake started slithering up the door ledge. I ran over there and closed the door real fast.

Yes! My scared self ran back into the danger zone to make sure he didn’t go inside.

I would bet most of you reading this have the hibby jibbys thinking about stepping on a snake and most people’s first instinct is to kill the snake! (Mine sure was 🤣)

My husband, Ryan easily identified the snake as a king snake. We all know king snakes are virtually harmless to humans. If anything they are actually our protectors from the bad snakes.

Question is: why was the snake there?

Was there a bad snake near? Was he just seeking shade from the sun? I’ll never know, but Ryan and I hilariously got that snake back on his side of the fence 🤣.

This run in with the snake had me thinking about Saul.

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul had recently been crowned as king of the Israelites and was preparing for battle against the phillistines. He and his army were instructed to wait on Samuel to return to offer burnt offering and seek heavenly guidance.

In his waiting he sees his men slipping away hiding from the enemy. In Saul fashion he decided to take matters into his own hands and present a burnt offering himself.

vs 12 tells he said “I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came”

because of this disobedience Samuel informed him

““How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”” 1 Samuel 13:13-14 NLT

Fear ultimately led to a self-fulfilling prophecy because after Samuel left Saul counted only 600 of the original 3000 special troops. His actions based off fear of losing more men actually caused more men to leave.

As scared as I was, I had to think about first what would happen if that joker got in my house and second the consequences of killing the snake. If we kill all of the good snakes then all that is left are the ones that will actually bring harm.

If Saul had not let his fear urge him to offer up his sacrifice, he would have 3000 men and his kingdom would have been established forever. He wasn’t thinking rationally, because he was scared. He now had 600 men to tackle the phillistine army of 3000 chariots, 6000 charioteers and “as many warriors as the grains of sand on the seashore”

What do you fear?

Messing up your kids (join the club)

Losing a child

Losing a spouse

Dying

I could go on and on. Fears are normal, but how you handle that fear will pave the way for your future.

You can bet I look down when I open the back door now, but give it a few months and the fear will ease and I’ll walk out with confidence again.

Is fear stealing your joy? Don’t make rash decisions because it can cause more harm than good.

Tackle the fear head on, and be smart. Seek God and be patient. Don’t be like Saul and get ahead of God.

He has a plan.

Even when we are scared His plans are pure.

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