Slaying The Giants In Your Life - Brief Study on David and Goliath
* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *
In our lives we all fight giants. They seem so big and powerful, shouting great words to cause us to fear. We all long for the problems in life that are small, with easy to see solutions. But problems don't always come in small, neat packages. Sometimes they are awesome in stature and seem insurmountable. This story is about a boy that was the littlest in his family and least respected. He had done nothing that caught anyone's attention as being noteworthy or brave. But the boy had killed giants already. While watching his father's sheep, he had killed a lion and a bear that had come to take lambs out of the flock in his charge. He had learned in the quietness of the night that God always watches, always takes care of His own. This is the story of young David who was really nothing special, but in God's power was able to do what an entire army and its king feared to do, slay a giant.
I think of myself as a simple man, and I was a simple boy
I learned at a very early age, God was the source of my joy,
All of those nights under the stars, while I tended my father's sheep
I prayed and sang songs to the Lord, so the rest of my family could sleep,
And though I'm a man, indeed a king, I remember well that day
When my father sent me to the war, under skies that were gloomy gray,
With bread in hand, I sought them out, they weren't too glad to see me
For I saw that my brothers all cowered in fear, in the face of the of the enemy,
Now remember I said that I was a simple lad, the smallest of my daddy's sons
And my brothers all there reminded me, that I still was the smallest one,
Just then I looked across the field, and saw a giant of a man
And from his face the army of God, skittered like mice and ran,
"He is so big!" I heard one say, "We be grasshoppers in his sight!
See his sword is as tall as I, 'gainst this we can not fight!"
I could see he was huge (at least as twice as big as I)
And to say that I wasn't the least bit scared, would have been a lie,
It wasn't until the man opened his mouth, and blasphemed my Holy Lord
That indignation rose up in me, striking my heart's last chord,
"I don't think it's right that we all should fight, and that so many of you should die
So send out a man to fight for you, and to kill me he can try!
O soldiers of Israel, where is your God, and why won't he fight for you?
He is powerless you know to stand against me, for my gods are stronger too!"
So I scanned the faces of all the men, for one to defend God's name
But I saw each face was lined with fear, not one among them came,
As the man taunted, my anger grew, so I began to shout
To the soldiers that just stood around, "Now what is this about?
How can this Philistine say such things, and defy our Holy Lord?
If I go against him and kill him this day, what will be my reward?"
Someone then brought me to the king, and told him what I had said
Then the king tried to reason with me, "Son you'll wind up dead.
You are only a youth yourself, and he's been fighting since your age."
But nothing the king said to me, would satisfy my rage,
The king tried to dress me in his armor, but I was just too small
So I threw it aside and to all I cried, "To God I give my all,
And He is my banner, and He is my shield, and He will defeat this foe
So what need have I for all of this weight, to clothe me from head to toe?"
Instead I took out a sling that I had used, to kill a wolf and a bear
And then I set about to find a stone, and selected one with care,
In an afterthought I picked up four more, they were smooth and small and round
What played in my mind, is a giant that died, and his four brothers dead on the ground,
Then I said aloud to everyone there, "Haven't we got a cause?
The Lord of heaven is stronger than all, and pure in his holy laws!"
I then turned to the giant, and he began to laugh, at the small unusual sight
At the small shepherd boy, and his very small stone, that he was supposed to fight,
"I will feed your flesh to the birds!" was what he yelled at me
"I come in the power of my holy God, and today His power you'll see!"
He had stood against my God and I, could stand the evil no more
So I swung the stone and ran at him, and prayed for an aim that's sure,
A cry for my blood went up from the camp, of the army of the Philistines
It was Jehovah's indignation, 'twas motivating me,
The stone left my sling and hit it's mark true, right between his eyes
For the cause was just, for the God I trust - and could not be denied.
What scares you? What situations terrify you in the night and plague your thoughts in the day? Problems loom over us like giants, taunting, as the giant does in the story above. Essentially, all problems are the same giant and all answers to the taunts of the giant are the same answer. In the story, the giant Goliath of Gath made the accusation that what his enemy Israel used as their strength was not as big as he was, nor as powerful as his god. Goliath was a man of faith. The problem was, his faith was in the wrong place, in his false gods and in his own abilities. In our lives our problems come at us in very similar fashion. They call out their deadly warnings, telling us they will consume us and there is nothing in this world that is big enough to save us. When facing our problems, it matters from what we draw strength. It matters upon whom we have faith. What our defense against the giants in our life really boils down to can be summed up in two questions: Who is my God? and How big is my God? It really doesn't matter how experienced a person is or how confident. The enemy comes with great experience and confidence, having destroyed so many that have not had God on their side.
God is the One that grants power in this life to overcome giants. If you don't know who God is or you don't think God is powerful enough to see you through a problem, it doesn't get solved. It will just sit in front of you taunting you, keeping you stationary, paralyzing you in its grip of terror. Like David's brothers and all the army of Israel, the giant will loom over you and seem insurmountable.
The thing about God is that He's bigger than any problem we have. With His direction and guidance a person can come through the toughest of situations. The Bible sums it up by asking, "Is anything too hard for God?" * Of course the answer is no, nothing. Then the next question is, "Do I have a relationship with Him so that I know that He is on my side?" *(Gen.18:14; Jer. 32:27)
It is not a hard thing to make a relationship to God. He is waiting for you to turn to Him in your hour of need, or even before. He has introduced Himself to you on many occasions and through many different events in your life. Each of those times you heard a voice in your innermost mind say softly, "This proves you need Me. I am here for you. Let Me in." But you probably sloughed off the sincere small voice as strange or weird and went on with your day. God has not given up on you. He has rescued you over and over so that you may fully come to the realization that you need Him to save you from your sin. That is why Jesus, The Good Shepherd came to earth, to die for your sin. You can personalize it. He came with a human body to die for you. He bled on the cross of Calvary and stayed on that cross as His body grew weaker and weaker, losing nearly all of its blood, for you. He cried out, "It is finished!" (the debt is paid) for you. In fact, if you were the only person here on this planet with sin in his flesh, He still would have come here, just for you! You can put your name in the famous John 3:16 verse because it is that personal: "For God so loved... [ put your name here] ...that He gave His only begotten Son.. so that when [your name here] ...believes in Him... [your name here] ...will not perish but have everlasting life." Say the verse once with your in those places and see what God speaks to your heart. He will say that He is right there and has always loved you. He will tell you that He doesn't want you to die in your sin.
You can call call out to Jesus right now and ask Him to save you. All you need is that tiny bit of faith, like a "mustard seed." If you believe that Jesus came to earth and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead, that is the tiny bit of faith I'm talking about. Added to that tiny bit of faith is the knowledge that you are condemned in your sin as you stand and that you need Him to save you from it. If that is true of you, call out to Him now. Pray this:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that You love me. I have heard You in my innermost heart speak words of love to me. I was not ready to receive You, but I'm ready now. I believe in the gospel, which is that You came and died for sin and was buried and rose again. Jesus please forgive me for my sin and save me. Come into my life to guide me and I will follow you everyday from now on. I pray this in Your Holy name, Jesus. Amen.