All of us at one time or another has faced giants in our lives. These giants may look overwhelming and can torment us until we feel like there's no escape from them. They laugh in our faces speaking defeat into our lives, beating us down daily.
The giants we might be facing range from a vast number of things such as, fear, doubt, unbelief, pressures, worries, anxiety, sickness, disease and sin. They mock us and issue their challenge to come and defeat them.
These giants can cause Christians to run or cower in fear. Their harrowing cries can shake us to the very core of our foundational beliefs. They assail our every step and echo the roar of the giant whom David faced.
1 Samuel 17:10-11 shows the defiance of this giant, "I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me." The sheer size of this giant left the armies of Israel trembling with fear.
The challenges of Goliath continued for 40 days and not one man in the army of Saul could muster the courage to face him. He laughed, he mocked, he stomped around in defiance of God all the while believing he could not be defeated. However, Goliath was in for a surprise when David showed up.
1 Samuel 17, tells the story of what happened to Goliath when David showed up on the scene. Everyone in the army of Israel doubted David's ability to face the giant, but David had faith God would deliver Goliath into his hands. David's brother, and King Saul, judged David by his outward appearance and in doing so all they could see was defeat.
Fear crippled the armies of Israel and King Saul, this gave the giant more power over them than he actually had. Fear will do that, we give it power when we yield to it. Therefore we must realize it's God who will help us fight the battle and deliver the giant into our hands. He gives us the power to defeat our giants, it comes from him alone.
The story continues in 1 Samuel 17:50, "So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword." The story of David and Goliath is a great illustration of what can be accomplished when we rely on God. The list that accompanies this article are some things that are essential in facing our giants. What will you do when Goliath comes to afflict you, will you run in fear or stand firm and stare him down?