Monday, December 30, 2013

Facing The Giants

Are there Giants in your life that you have to face?  I just faced a big one when my husband passed away after 63 years of marriage.  How about you?  It could be a death, a divorce, bankruptcy, a serious illness, or any other giant, large or small, they are all giants to us.

I am thinking of a story in the Bible of David and the Phillistine giant, all Israel were being threatened by the Phillistines because of their giant.  This is a good story about faith.

1 Samuel 17:42-46  "And when the Phillistine (giant) looked about and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and good looking. So the Phillistine said to David, 'Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?'  And the Phillistine cursed David by his gods.  And the Phillistine said to David, 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!'   Then David said to the Phillistine, 'you come to me with a sword,, with a spear, and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you, and this day I will give the carasses of the camp of the Phillistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel."

Yes, there is a God in Israel (God's people) today, who will fight the giants for us, just as He did for David.  David was not afraid to face the giant and neither should we be afraid to face our giant.  We need to trust in God as David did, he knew he was going to kill the giant, he even warned him, but the giant was so sure of himself that, well, let's read what happened:

Verses 47-51 David still speaking, "Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands."  So it was when the Phillistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Phillistine.  Then David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Phillistine in his forehead so that the stone sank into his forehead and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Phillistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Phillistine and killed him, but there was no sword in the hand of David.  Therefore David ran and stood over the Phillistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it.  And when the Phillistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled."

The battle is the Lord's, how true this is, we don't need need to fight the enemy with our meager ways, when the Lord has promised to fight our battles for us, the giants may seem huge to us but to God they are small, but He knows how they seem to us and He is ready to remove them from our life, if we will let him.  He doesn't always remove the giant but He removes the effects that they have on us and we can be thankful for that.

Let's be like David and face them with the Lord on our side.  He can bring us through whatever they may be.

Matthew 28:20  "...lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  What a promise for the New Year just ahead of us, Let's let the Lord kill the giants in our life for us and sail through the New Year with the confidence that only God can give.  Let's stay in His presence and let Him be our Captain and we will have nothing to fear.  "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  Grandma Joan

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