Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 26 - Facing Your Giants

Hebrews 11:32-33a, I Samuel 17

I Samuel 17 is a long chapter, but read it! It is so rich and is a wonderful narrative; you will not be able to put down your Bible until you finish the story. This is another “Sunday School Story” that you may be very familiar with. If you are not familiar with David and Goliath, get ready for a great story! If you are familiar with the story, read it again; God wants to give you a fresh view on the story. We all face giants in our life and our faith in God will affect how we react to our giants.

At this point in David’s life, he was still a shepherd for his father but he was also going to Saul and playing the harp for him. The Philistines were getting ready to wage war against Israel and had a new and powerful weapon on their side: Goliath. Goliath wasn’t just a big man, he was nine feet tall! I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a nine foot tall person. Honestly, it is hard for me to picture such a large person. He was taunting the Israelite army every day, and the army would listen to his threats and hide. One day, as David was going to the hill the Israelites were occupying, he overheard what Goliath was saying. He was outraged! In I Samuel 17:26 he says, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” David had such a strong faith in God; he couldn’t understand why the entire army of Israel didn’t see that they would have victory.

When David tells Saul that he will fight Goliath, Saul tells him that he is not ready to fight such an experienced man. David replies (vs 37), “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lin and paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Can’t you just hear the disdain in David’s voice as he says, “this Philistine.” We then get to hear one more statement of faith when David faces Goliath in verses 45 – 47, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give all of you into our hands.” Wow! What faith!

Goliath had been keeping the Israelites oppressed with fear. Sometimes when we have a giant that we need to face, it seems easier to go into our tents and cower. We can’t imagine having victory over something so big. David showed us that God doesn’t want us to live in oppression, but He wants us to be victorious. God doesn’t want us to look at what we can’t do; however, He wants us to see what He can do. David didn’t defeat Goliath, God defeated Goliath. David knew that the victory was God’s and wanted the army of Israel to see what God could do. Our Giants can be things like going into an area of ministry that we don’t feel equipped for, or going back to school. It could be showing a difficult neighbor God’s love. Whatever it is, God already is victorious.

Are you ready to give your giant over to God?

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