Facing Your Giants - A Dvid and Goliath story for everyday people
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It's good. The comparison is for us to fight our giants as David did, not looking at what scares us, but at the strength that it is given to us.
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
—- 1 Samuel 17:48 (NLT)
1 - FACING YOUR GIANTS
David faced one who foghorned his challenges morning and night. “For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philis-tine giant strutted in front of the Israelite army” (17:16 NLT). Yours does the same. First thought of the morning, last worry of the night—your Goliath dominates your day and infiltrates your joy.
Goliath: the long-standing bully of the valley. Tougher than a two-dollar steak. More snarls than twin Dobermans. He awaits you in the morning, torments you at night. He stalked your ancestors and now looms over you. He blocks the sun and leaves you standing in the shadow of a doubt.
"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God."
David sees what others don’t and refuses to see what others do.
All eyes, except David’s, fall on the brutal, hate-breathing hulk.
David majors in God. He sees the giant, mind you; he just sees God more so.
David’s brothers cover their eyes, both in fear and embarrassment. Saul sighs as the young Hebrew races to certain death. Goliath throws back his head in laughter, just enough to shift his helmet and expose a square inch of forehead flesh. David spots the target and seizes the moment. The sound of the swirling sling is the only sound in the valley. Ssshhhww. Ssshhhww. Ssshhhww. The stone torpedoes through the air and into the skull; Goliath’s eyes cross and legs buckle. He crumples to the ground and dies. David runs over and yanks Goliath’s sword from its sheath, shish-kebabs the Philistine, and cuts off his head.
How long since you ran toward your challenge?
Try a different tack. Rush your giant with a God-saturated soul. Giant of divorce, you aren’t entering my home! Giant of depression? It may take a lifetime, but you won’t conquer me. Giant of alcohol, bigotry, child abuse, insecurity . . . you’re going down. How long since you loaded your sling and took a swing at your giant?
David is your model. God called him “a man after my own heart”
Giants. We must face them. Yet we need not face them alone. Focus first, and most, on God. The times David did, giants fell.
Is your list of blessings four times as long as your list of complaints? Is your mental file of hope four times as thick as your mental file of dread? Are you four times as likely to describe the strength of God as you are the demands of your day?
No? Then David is your man.
Focus on giants—you stumble.
Focus on God—your giants tumble.
Lift your eyes, giant-slayer. The God who made a miracle out of David stands ready to make one out of you.