We face a lot of giants at times.
A giant problem in our family or work.
A giant task.
A giant decision.
And sometimes in the midst of these giants, there are additional circumstances that may make us want to play it safe or hide under the covers.
When David came up against his literal giant, a Philistine named Goliath, he received opposition from more than just the oversized warrior.
David’s oldest brother, Eliab, burned with anger toward his little brother. He thought David should be watching the sheep rather than hanging out in the thick of battle. He threw out an insult: “I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle” (1 Samuel 17:28).
King Saul didn’t think David was capable. He said, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from youth” (1 Samuel 17:33).
As the future King of Judah readied his sling shot, Goliath taunted his adversary, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” (1 Samuel 17:43).
Harsh words can dismantle us.
When other people don’t believe in our calling, it’s easy to settle back into the status quo.
When the task seems too large, we forget nothing is too big for God.
What is the giant you are facing right now?
Have you let other people’s opinions, disbelief, or the giant in front of you alter your direction?
David knew he was given a mission from God and it was bigger than Goliath, No roadblocks of negativity, his small stature, lack of ammo, or inexperience would prevent the shepherd boy from experiencing victory. His last words to Goliath and the Philistines were, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47).
Are you facing additional opposition as you face your giant?
Perhaps the LORD wants to see if you will trust what he has already told you, and desires for you to move forward on faith despite the odds against you. In the midst of the impossible is where God does His greatest work.
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