Tuesday, June 7, 2011

There's Giants out there!

We all have our own giants to face. Sometimes they are things that seem silly and small to others but to us are enormously intimidating. Sometimes they are challenges that we have to face and overcome in order to become the people we want to be. In any case, giants are a subject that we can understand.

The subject of giants is not foreign to the Bible, either. We all know the story of David and Goliath in which a young boy conquors the mighty warrior of the opposing army. David is told that he cannot face Goliath - that he is too young, too small, too everything. He is told that he will lose. But David doesn't have faith in the those who tell him these things, he has faith in God. He goes to fight Goliath and says (in the words of my son's Bible): "You come to me with a spear and a sword, but I come to you in the name of the Lord!"

There is also the story of the 12 "spies" who were sent out by the Israelites to do a little reconnoitering in the Promised Land (Numbers 13). They came back and reported that the land promised to them by God was indeed a wonderful and fertile land but it was occupied by giants. The people became fearful and wanted to turn back but two of those who had gone to look at the land, Caleb and Joshua, told the people "...the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them." (Numbers 14:9)

God is with us at all times and with God we can accomplish anything. The only 'trick' is to make sure that we are pursuing the right course. That can only be known through prayer. Sometimes the only way we know we are on the right course is because we keep being able to move forward. (Conversely, if you are on the wrong course, often it is like banging your head against the wall!)

David, Caleb, and Joshua did not have super strength, wealth, power, or anything else. What they had was faith that God was leading them where they were supposed to go and they believed He would give them what they needed to do the tasks He set before them.

God will help you to overcome the giants in your life blocking your path, if it is truly the path God wants you to follow. Pray daily for his guidance in your life to help you choose the right path.


"The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” - 1 Samuel 17:37