Here in the Arizona desert, it is quite common to see the sky dotted with colorful hot air balloons. If you live near undeveloped land, you may occasionally hear the distinguishable gush of air released as riders float by in their gradual descent.
Recently, I was reading the back story of the first king of Israel. God made it clear to the prophet Samuel that Saul was the chosen one. Samuel responded by privately informing Saul and anointing him with oil. As an added touch of validation, Samuel prophesied three specific signs regarding events Saul was about to experience, all of which were quickly fulfilled.
Still, when the time came for the nation of Israel to hear the proclamation, Saul was not to be found. Scripture tells us he had “hidden himself among the baggage” and others had to run and bring him out (1 Samuel 10:22-23). Saul nearly allowed his fears to sabotage the fulfillment of his calling.
We may experience similar feelings. Fear can inflate us like a hot air balloon, carrying us off course, perhaps causing us to miss out on or delay God’s best for us. When we identify those fears, we have the ability to fight back with the sword of truth and deflate it.
Even though we may still feel afraid, we can step forward into what God has waiting for us. Listen how God encouraged others. “Have I not commanded you? Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).