So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David…Saul was then afraid of David, for the Lord was with David and had turned away from Saul…When Saul recognized this, he became even more afraid of him…Saul became even more afraid of him, and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life. – 1 Samuel 18:9, 12, 15, 29 NLT
The saddest part of the account between Saul and David is that Saul never had a reason to fear. Not once was David a threat to Saul or his family. All Saul could see was that the favor of God had passed from him to David, and that was enough to hound David for the rest of his life.
Saul imagined what he would do if he were in David’s place–and that’s why he was afraid. Saul could not conceive that David’s character was any different than his own.
When we fear, we do the same thing. We project our own iniquity upon others. We are afraid of what they will do because that’s what we would do. Fear simultaneously exposes our sin and makes us blind to it.
What/who do you fear? Fear has an incredible ability to make us believe things that are not true. Is it possible that your fear has no (or little) basis in reality?