Reading the Bible through with me? Then grab your pen and journal and read 1 Samuel 16-18. This is the familiar story of David and Goliath. If you notice in 17:26, 46 - 47, David saw Goliath’s challenge NOT as a personal affront, but as an affront to Yahweh/God. We all face giants from time to time, but we must understand what giants really are. Mark Partin writes that “a giant is anything or anyone that opposes you to keep you from doing, being or fulfilling God’s plan for you.” Earlier in chapter 16, God had sent Samuel to anoint the young David as they next king over Israel. THAT was God’s plan and purpose for David. David was still a young man, possible in his mid to late teens. Yet, his faith in God was strong. His giant was no different than the giants we often face. The giant uses intimidation and fear to keep you from obeying God. Giants should be confronted using God’s power so that HIS Name is honored, and HIS plan is accomplished. Facing our giants is not personal. It is about honoring Yahweh God and fulfilling His purposes.
You must remember that like David, all along the way you will have naysayers (17:28, 33) and people trying to tell you how to do what God Himself has proposed for you (17:38-39). Don’t let the naysayers distract you, no matter how well-intentioned they are. Get into God’s presence, hear His voice, be filled with His Spirit, remember what God has already done a for you, and proceed with courage. (16:13; 17:34-37, 46-47)
Throughout your life as a follower of Jesus, you will encounter “giants.” They will come in the form of people or circumstances and overcoming them will seem impossible. Do not let the giants keep you from fulfilling God’s purpose in your life. When you walk with God in faith and obedience, you can face your giants with confidence because the battle belongs to Him.
The apostle Peter, who was martyred because of his vocal faith in the Lord Jesus, wrote these words in his first letter: “…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He might exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” Until death or the return of Jesus, have no fear or anxiety. Our battles are His when we trust and obey Him.
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