“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
Ladies and gentlemen, “Giants” come in all different kinds of packages. Some are human and some can’t even be seen. The “Giants” I’m speaking about are those things that keep us or should I say we allow keeping us from living out what God has planned for our lives.
We sometimes give a lot of credit to those things that keep us from being effective for the Lord. We say things like, “If only I had gone to Bible College.” Or “If only I had an outgoing personality.” Or “I could do my job better if it weren’t for my boss.” Yup. These are “Giants”. These “Giants” are self-doubt, fear, or even low self-esteem. We don’t want to admit that we have “Giants” and we sometimes choose not to go with the Lord as David did.
Some “Giants” in our lives we can’t control. Serious illness can bring down the strongest person alive. Or even the death of a spouse or child and we realize we are alone. But we have hope. We have a defender, a healer, and a comforter. We have someone bigger than any “Giant” we face. God Almighty Himself.
No matter what the army of Israel saw in Goliath, David refused to look upon the giant in the same way. God had caused David to defeat both a lion and a bear. He saw Goliath as no different. If God got me through that, this Philistine was no match. Is it difficult for us to look at our “Giants” as David did? Yes it is. It can be very difficult. But this I know. God is the source of all victory. He grants victory to those who put their trust in Him. For both physical and spiritual victory. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV)
What shall we do in the face of our “Giants”? Face it in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Face it with belief and prayer that God is our protector and defender. Face it with the confidence that Jesus Christ is victorious over temptation, sin, the enemy, sickness, anger, addiction, fear, and even death. “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26 NKJV)
Friend, we all face “Giants”, but Jesus said, “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV) Some of our “Giants” are huge and cause fear to rise up in us. But God is bigger. Turn to God in prayer. Call upon His name. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. The battle belongs to the Lord. And your “Giant” will not survive.
Precious Lord, You are our defender and protector. You go before us and the battle belongs to You. May we walk in belief and faith that the giants we face will be defeated in the power and the Name of Jesus. Teach us Lord through Your Word to trust in You for all things. For You Lord are already in our tomorrows. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!