My teenage son and my tiny seven year old love to race. My son looks like an absolute giant lined up to his tiny seven year old sister. I admire how she boldly stands right beside him at the start of the race with a sense of determination in her eyes to make it undefeated towards the finish line despite his size. There are times where we face impossible giants in our personal lives. It’s the moments where we face our biggest personal giants that appear indefinite that we’re going to be defeated that we must recognize our victory in Christ through faith.
I have two favorite bible stories from childhood that I reflect often to in my adulthood. The bible story of David and Goliath ( 1 Samuel 17 ) of the young Israelite defeating a huge giant Philistine with a mere stone is a powerful example of what God can do in having our backs no matter how large the issue seems at hand. The young shepherd boy only had five stones. My second favorite bible story is that of Moses and Pharaoh in which a very reluctant man with a speech impediment had to take a stand againt the mighty Rasmes who was sitting at his throne to obediently say, ” Let my people go!” as what God told him to do. Then the Lord said to Moses,” Go to Pharaoh and say to him, This is the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ” Let my people go, so they may worship me.” Exodus 9: 1 The power in both of those biblical stories for me is seeing how God can use what many may see as the least of these to do mighty things in the name of his glory. The stories of David and Goliath along with Moses and Pharaoh also resonated with me the importance of being obedient to God, keeping your faith strong while challenging the impossible, overcoming negative outside commentary, and silencing your inner voice of self-deprecating defeat.
I’ve had many personal giants in my life. There were times that what stood before me and who stood before me seemed impossible to overcome. It was in those moments that I knew I had to kneel before God in prayer in releasing what I thought I had the power to control in giving those circumstances to God in knowing he would work all things out for my good. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28 I have more praise reports of God making a way out of no way than I could ever count in loses. Our personal giants may seem impossible to defeat in having all the odds stacked against us, but be encouraged that the Lord will provide you everything you need to defeat those giants no matter how large they are. Oh, by the way my little one won giving my son a run for his money in running full speed in their backyard race. Don’t give up!
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31: 6