The last few days I've written about the giants we face as a nation but this morning I want to address our personal giants. Every single one of us are going to face giants at one time or another in our lives. What do I mean by giants? The giants I'm speaking of are what seem to be insurmountable problems and issues. We try to rid ourselves of these giants, but they seem to only grow stronger with the passing of time.
There are all kinds of giants we might face. Your giant could be a giant of fear. Or it might be a giant of some type of personal sin that you fall into again and again. It might be the sin of pride or envy or gluttony or lust or something else. Your giant might even be one of addiction, something that has a grip on your life like prescription drugs, porn, alcohol, etc.
Or it might be a different kind of giant altogether, like an unbelieving spouse or a prodigal child. You have prayed for them. You have asked the Lord to reach them, yet they seem to become more hardened by sin as the years pass by. You find yourself wondering how you will ever overcome this.
The question that so many people ask is how do we deal with giants? The answer is in the Old Testament account of David and Goliath. I'm sure all of you are familiar with the story.
I am always encouraged when I read or even think about David’s victory over the giant. What a victory for David as he boldly defeated the giant Goliath, armed only with a slingshot and five smooth stones. Not only did he kill Goliath but he broke the will of the enemy and defeated the Philistines. The Israelites were encouraged and emboldened. And it was all because a little shepherd boy answered the call of God and cut down the giant.
There are several things we can learn from this story about facing off with our own giants in life?
The first thing, recognize that we all have giants. We all face severe hardships, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and temptations. We all have problems. We all have temptations. We're told this exact thing in 1 Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
So according to Scripture we all have giants to face. The good news is, those same Scriptures also teach that every giant can be defeated. If you think about it, most giants don't start off that way.
Goliath was not always a giant. He was not always 9-feet-6-inches tall. He was once a baby. And with the passing of time and the nurture of others, the baby became a child. And the child became a teenager. And the teenager became a man. And the man turned into a giant.
In the same way, giants often begin quite small. When we have a big sin in our lives, it started as a little sin that was allowed, nurtured, fed, and even encouraged, and then became a giant that taunts us. It started with a so-called Christian liberty that we proclaimed and is now getting the best of us.
I've heard it said time and time again, "In time, little things become big things."
The second thing is to realize that the battle belongs to the Lord. David told Goliath the battle was the Lords and that He will give you to us. The reason giants defeat us over and over again is because we try to face them in our own strength and we always lose. Remember, the battle is the Lord's!
The third thing is simple but sometimes hard to do, attack your giant. Goliath had come into the actual territory of the Israelites. He had crossed their line. He was taunting them. And if you tolerate a Goliath, he will take over your territory. He will come right up on your doorstep.
That is why you don't run from giants. You don't negotiate with them. You attack them. If you read the story you will see as the giant moved closer to attack, David very quickly ran out to meet him.
Whatever your giant may be, force it into the light of day. Stop rationalizing it. Stop excusing it. Realize you can't defeat it in your own strength.
Call on God and pray for His power, and then attack it. Draw lines and be accountable to others. Stay away from people or situations where you would be easily tempted. And don't let that giant back into your life again.
Finally, trust in the Lord. Don't look at God in the light of your giant. Instead, look at your giant in the light of God. God Bless!