Giant. Monster. Titan. Colossus. Super-being. Call it what you will, but even if we can’t define it, we all know what it feels like. That feeling of distrust when something good comes your way. That feeling of insecurity. That feeling of self-doubt in yourself and your abilities. That feeling of loneliness. That feeling that things will never change – and even if they did, you would find another way to mess that up. That feeling of vulnerability that quickly turns to defense. That feeling of helplessness and that there is no way out of this habit, addiction, way of thinking, or other. That overwhelming feeling of anxiety, fear, or shame, that wakes us up in the night, choking the life out of our dreams. The giants are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows, they thrive in the night, they find their way into our happy homes, and they rob us of our peace, joy, and hope. What’s worse – is we let them…
You see, these giants we face have only ever lived because we allow them to. WE feed them and much like the story of David found in 1 Samuel 17, we allow them to torment us daily with their insults, jabs, humiliation, and evil tactics. However, the reality is that the God that lives within us has ALWAYS been greater than the giants that live around us. David was a young kid full of spunk and faith that simply decided that, in his life, he would no longer allow anyone else but God to define him. He would no longer allow giants to obscure his view of the promises that God had for him.
If you look a couple of chapters back, you will find that David actually wasn’t thought of very highly, not even by his parents. He wasn’t some super-Christian who never missed a prayer service, had a verse on-the-ready for every situation and carried portable communion in his bag, just in case. On the contrary, just one chapter back, we read that God had instructed the prophet Samuel to find and anoint the future king of Israel. God instructs Samuel to go to David’s house and that, Jesse, David’s father lines up all of his sons in hopes that one would be made king. He lines all of them up – except David. He doesn’t even bother to call David in from the fields that day for he is convinced that David, of all his sons, has the least “king-like” potential. Think of the significance of this historic moment. Moments later, David is called in and anointed as the future king and he has to live with the fact that his family thought so little of him.
How often in our own lives has this come to be true? Sometimes reading these bible stories can feel a bit like an autobiography. Maybe those around you have thought little of you. Maybe you’ve been told you weren’t good enough, smart enough, “Christian” enough. The reality is that we aren’t called to be like other Christians, we are called to be like Christ.
You see, the reason why David was able to conquer the giant on the field that day was because he had already conquered the giants within himself. He chose forgiveness over bitterness. Love over hate. Peace over anxiety. Gratitude over jealousy. And God over the opinions of others. David didn’t need to know the giant’s strength because he already knew God’s.
My friends, be confident. Run boldly towards the giants in your life. You have had the strength within you this whole time. Let’s do it. Let’s be free. Let’s make a choice today – like David. Ready? Set. GO!
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” -1 John 4:4 (NIV)
– Natasha Lidberg