We all have giants that we face in life—things that seem like enormous problems. It may be something we’re afraid of. It may be something that seems to always bother us. Maybe you overcame this giant for a week or even a month and thought you had victory, and then it came back with a vengeance and brought you down.
In the Bible we find the story of a young man
who was able to bring his giant down.
David was a warrior and a worshiper. He was both a fighter and a lover. He was a king, and he also was a sinner.
Saul and the Israelites assembles and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion names Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us”. Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.1 Samuel 17:2-11
For many years I lived in fear; I was like King Saul and the Israelites, dismayed and terrified. I didn’t think I could face my giants of pursuing school to further my dreams as a teacher or an administrator. I told myself that I was going to fail this exam; that someone smarter, better-looking, and more determined than me would accomplish it way better than I ever could.
I told myself lies instead of trusting my God
who knows my heart and my dreams—
and who is my maker.
This story of David and Goliath always brings encouragement to my heart. A shepherd boy who was able to step up, speak up, pick up, and give up.
David teaches us to:
1. Step up: He was able to step out of the crowd, willing to fight the giant.
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go ahead and fight him.1 Samuel 17:32
No one believed that little David could defeat a huge giant, they judged him on his stature and his size and believed that he would be walking into his own funeral.
2. Speak up: David put his discouragers in their place, claiming God’s power for his victory.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 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 17:34-37
David was determined to fight this giant, stand up for Israel and witness to everyone that his God will claim victory for them.
3. Pick up: David had a slingshot and some stones; we have the Armor of God.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.1 Samuel 17: 40
4. Give up: In the battle, you must give it all up to the Lord. David did and Goliath fell.
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
God does not want you to live in the shadow of your Goliath, fearful of the future, afraid to step out or speak up. Instead, he wants you to face your Goliath. Live in victory, free to experience all His blessings and live out the faith He offers you.