Afraid of people? They certainly can intimidate and frighten us at times! How can we overcome the feelings that come when we have to confront people and stand up for ourselves?
I remember growing up in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas where kids had to fend for themselves. We had many bullies, and certain unspoken rules were established. Age was always a major factor when deciding whether or not to fight back. Talking back to a bully even a year older was not a consideration. One day a bully decided to pick on me. We were in an open field where others were watching. What was I to do? He was older than me - by two years! And he had just smashed my head against the concrete, an unforgivable affront for a kid in my street.
This reminds me of the story of David and Goliath. David faced a man bigger, stronger and more intimidating than anyone he had to stand up to before. But God had prepared David for this encounter. Before he was allowed to stand in front of Goliath, David presented his resume to King Saul by stating that the Lord had delivered him from a lion and a bear. Really! This teenage kid, David, killed a lion and bear! We do not stop to realize that this in itself is an immense feat considering that there was not any sort of advanced weaponry in those days.
As God had prepared David to face a giant, He has also equipped you to encounter your own giants. Fear will come, but the circumstance will not be one you cannot overcome with God’s help. Remember this verse when you feel overwhelmed.
Psalm: 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Now back to my bullying story. I would love to say that I walked away, praying for the lost soul who had just ridiculed me in public. But before I knew it, I had the bully in a head lock I had learned watching my dad and those wrestling shows. Needless to say, the bullying stopped and I was spared any more fights from that kid!
In His Grace,