“And David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it: FEAR NOT, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.'” ~ 1 Chronicles 28:20
FEAR NOT: We can (only) Trust in The God we Know
In this chapter, David instructed his son Solomon to build the Temple of God. Though David had planned to do it himself, God told him it was to be Solomon’s job (2 Samuel 7:8–13, 1 Chronicles 22:7–8). David, therefore (as a good father should), points Solomon in the direction he should go.
But David does more than just give Solomon direction/instructions; David encourages Solomon based on his personal experience with God. David tells Solomon “…my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…”. Notice the word “my”: Not just “God”, but “my God”.
David could encourage his son to trust in God, because David himself had a real relationship with God. He had experienced God for himself. Fellow believers, that is the key.
David could go forth confidently, because he knew God personally. For example, when David fought Goliath, he stepped out in faith because he knew God’s character. The other Israelites were filled with fear, because they did NOT know God. They knew ‘of’ God, but had no personal relationship themselves.
Likewise, our fear also comes from not knowing God enough. As our relationship with God grows, so will our faith in Him. As God becomes “my God”, so our fears slip away.
David’s testimony to his son was a confident one because he knew God. And his son, Solomon, responded to that testimony with faith: he obeyed his father and built the greatest temple ever built. When we have a testimony like David, when God is “my God”, then our testimony will also be confident and believable to those who hear it.
FEAR NOT, because God wants to be “our God”. FEAR NOT, when we know God personally, we will know He is truly trustworthy. FEAR NOT, you will know that ‘your God’, ‘my God’ will not fail us, nor forsake us.
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.