Have you ever seen a person do what seemed impossible? Someone who was able to accomplish baffling and intimidating feats with confidence? These are the people we see as giant slayers, who conquer the fears and challenges that tend to defeat even the strong.
We all have GIANTS in our lives in each challenge and obstacle we face. Some are temporary while others are reoccurring. The question is: How do we defeat these giants? The best example I know is the account of David and Goliath.
Why was David, a young shepherd, able to kill Goliath, who scholars say was anywhere from 7 to 11 feet tall, while soldiers twice his age and size were terrified to confront him? (Interesting fact: Goliath’s armor weighed 125 lbs and his spearhead weighed 15 lbs.)
It’s important to note that David was not a soldier or fighter when he killed Goliath. David was a shepherd. I find it even more important to note that just one chapter before his encounter with Goliath, David was anointed as the future king of Israel! Still, he went back to the job that was before him until his time was called to take over the throne. He not only went back to shepherding, he did so with excellence. Such excellence was noted in 1 Samuel 17:34-37 when he made his case to Saul as to why he should be allowed to fight Goliath.
David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.” Saul said, “Go. And God help you!” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 (The Message)
When David inquired about taking on Goliath he was scoffed by those around him. In fact, his brothers were brutal towards him.
When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” 1 Samuel 17:28
If we want to accomplish great things and overcome the GIANTS in our lives we must decide what voices we will listen to.
All too often we try to obtain success by emulating those before us. Most, if not all, of us are guilty of this. However, you are the only you there is, and you are you for a reason! Just like in art, the original is what people want, not a copy.
Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (The Message)
David was confident in who he was. He knew his abilities with the sling shot and quickly realized that success did not lie in being what Saul wanted him to be, but within who he was!
We often face the same giants over and over and experience defeat because we think the fight is ours. Jesus Christ is here to help us in our daily struggles and in overcoming our fears and obstacles. The problem is that we often try to accomplish everything with our own strength. David knew better.
David said to the Philistine, “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 deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47
I know that without the strength and blessing of God I would not have accomplished what I have to date. If I would have attempted to do everything without relying on God, the results would have been much different.
Think about it. What if you were elected the next President of the United States and you simply had to wait for the current President to finish his term before taking over. Would you risk your life? Would you be willing to risk it all? Well, that is exactly what David did. He was already anointed the next king of Israel, however he did not play prevent defense. Instead, he took the offensive and in doing so he accomplished many great things that helped him become the greatest king Israel had ever seen.
So what are your giants and what is keeping you from conquering them? What steps would you add to this list? Click here to leave a reply.