Face your giants with courage | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 21, 2016 9:32 am
Today we face giants just as David faced Goliath according to the Word of God, but do we face our giants as David did with unshakeable courage?
Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don’t. A “giant” can be defined as a situation of adversity that gets out of control, thus making it difficult to resolve. Well, what are some of those giants that we face today? These giants range from financial struggles, marital problems, fear, incarceration, illnesses, diseases, poor grades, bad attitudes, drugs, alcoholism, disobedient children, trouble on the job, racism, bigotry, to jealousy and envy.
When one or more of these giants begin to wreck our lives, causing us to toss and turn all night long, shed tears or want to give up, we must face them with unshakeable courage, as David did, believing that God will see us through. When David faced Goliath, the Philistine, the giant protested, “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals” (1 Samuel 17:44 NIV). Replying to this giant, David said with confidence and unwavering faith, “…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” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV).
One thing about a giant is that “it throws its weight around” and is very persistent. When your giant does that, you must face it head-on if you know and believe that God’s got your back. This concept is clearly supported in these two verses. “Then the Philistine said, ‘This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other’” (1 Samuel 17:10 NIV). “For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV).
When facing your giant, you cannot let your guard down because that enemy will stand ready to take you down. David knew that the battle was the Lord’s, not his, so he had no fear in facing this giant. He faced this colossal enemy with a slingshot and five stones. The story of David and Goliath is a one of great faith, courage, and trust, so read 1 Samuel 17 if you need encouragement to face your giant.
Sometimes when you face a giant, you do it in ways that makes the situation worse. Then what can you do to get rid of a giant? I strongly suggest the following: First of all, you must realize the giant’s purpose, and that is to destroy. Don’t run from your giant — face it. Don’t negotiate with your giant because all that will do is “add fuel to the fire.” Come up with a plan of attack, with the first step of that plan being prayer. Be persistent. Be careful how you take the advice of “well-meaning voices.” Trust God in His infinite wisdom. Finally, remember that God is in charge of the battle, not you.
When a giant throws its weight at you again, consider the lesson in this story from the Better Life Coaching Blog, “Overcoming Obstacles – A Story About Making the Leap to Greatness.”
“Two students were asked to meet their teacher at the start of a track through the forest. He gave them instructions to follow the path to its conclusion, in preparation for a test later in the week. The path had two sides; one side was clear and smooth, and the other side had fallen logs and other obstacles in the way.
“One student chose to avoid the obstacles, running around them and taking the easiest path to the end. He felt clever as he dodged through without hindrance. The second student chose to tackle the obstacles, battling through every challenge in his path. The student who chose the easy path finished first and felt proud of himself. ‘I’m glad that I chose to avoid the boulders and logs; they were only there to slow me down,’ he thought to himself.
“The second student arrived at the finish, feeling tired and regretting the path that he had chosen. The teacher nodded and smiled at them both. He requested that they join him at a specific location in three days. When they arrived, they could see that there was a ravine that was a few meters wide. The students looked at their teacher, and he said just one word. ‘Jump!’
“The first student looked at the distance, and his heart sank. The teacher looked at him. ‘What’s wrong? This is the leap to greatness. Everything that you have done until now should have prepared you for this moment.’ The student shrugged his shoulders and walked away, knowing that he hadn’t prepared adequately for greatness.
“The second student looked at the teacher and smiled nervously. He knew now that the obstacles that had been placed in his path were part of his preparation. He knew now that by choosing to overcome challenges, not avoid them, he was ready to make the leap. He measured his run up, sprinted towards the ravine, and launched himself into the air. He made it!
“If you too want to make the leap to greatness, you must first understand that life is meant to be a series of challenges that we overcome, not avoid. The messiness, the difficult conversations, the hard work, the discipline, acting boldly when you don’t feel like it — that’s part of the deal.
Don’t pray that God will remove the obstacles; pray that he will give you the strength to overcome them. And then take the leap!”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)