Now today I want to talk about facing your Giants, It’s easy to talk about Giants as long as they’re lumbering over someone else’s landscape, but when you find them at your doorstep or discover that one has invaded your home, or even more dangerously come inside your head; you realize how intimidating a giant can be.
They have several names these giants of ours. There’s a giant called fear; Even though most of us don’t want to admit it, most of us entertain fears. Whatever maybe your giant, let me let me tell you that I’ve learned over the years that giants work most effectively in valleys. When we have hit a valley that’s when the giant begins to march toward us and intimidates us the most.
GIANTS ARE BIBLICAL
There’s a giant that appears in the pages of the scriptures in the 17th chapter of 1st Samuel. A story you have heard since you were a child in Sunday school. We read in verse 2 of 1st Samuel 17 that Saul and his men, The men of Israel had gathered and camped in the Valley of Elah And what makes the valley intimidating is not the landscape It is the it is the presence of a champion.
He’s called that more than once in this chapter. In fact the emphasis always falls on the externals when you deal with Giants in this case. We read that the Philistines stood on the mountain on one side and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side and the valley Between them then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath.
I know, you know the story and know you’re familiar with where it’s going, but I want to ask you for a few moments to put yourself in that valley and to imagine looking across the way and seeing this Huge Imposing Individual and full armor. We read that he was about nine feet seven inches tall. He says choose a man for yourselves and let him come down if he’s able to fight with me and kill me. We will become your servants and we read they were intimidated to the point, end of verse 11. That they gave way to dismay and fear see it, greatly afraid There he is for everyone to see he’s a warrior from his earliest years and he is he’s nobody to mess with. And Israel knew it and all retreated to their to their tents.
BE A GIANT SLAYER
Now suddenly the text moves us about 10, 15 miles due east to a little hamlet named Bethlehem. And there at Bethlehem there is a family and the father whose name is Jesse says to this young man, David I want you to take this to those who are in battle and he gives him gives him some supplies and food.
Verse 14 tells us that David was the youngest, Understand? David has never seen the battle. He’s been keeping his father’s sheep. And so he, he hears his father He understands the responsibility and so he he runs the errand and he comes on the scene. And he sees this situation for the first time And he hears the voice of Goliath. David who is unintimidated, fresh out of the field. He is a lover of God and and his heart is pure.
Now listen to Saul, Saul said to David, you’re not able to do it, isn’t that encouraging? He says your but a youth and and he’s been a warrior from his youth. David said to Saul, your servant now listen to this only time you’ll know about it David said oh no, you don’t understand King Saul. Back when I was keeping my dad’s sheep There was a lion and a bear that came and took a lamb from the flock and I went out after him and attacked him. And he said when a lion come, and look at how he puts it He said I went after him I went after him and attacked him and rescued it. That’s the lamb from his mouth and when he rose up against me I seized him by the beard and struck him and killed him.
YOU NEED CONFIDENCE TO SLAY YOUR GIANT
No one ever would have known it if it hadn’t been for that verse of scripture He says your servant is killed both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine is nothing Compared to those four-legged animals, I’ve fought with and God has given me the victory over David said the Lord who delivered me.
Look at his eyes. His eyes are on the Lord. What a wonderful way to deal with Giants as the Lord delivered me from the paw of the lion, the paw the bear, he’ll deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. He chose five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, which he had even in his pouch. So he takes this, he takes this pouch. He’s got hanging from his waist and he puts his stones in his pouch and.
And we read and he approached the Philistine David stands there with the stones rattling in the bag on his hip and a stick in his hand And David says to him: You come to me with a sword and a spear and a javelin I come to you in the name of of The Lord of hosts the God of the armies of Israel whom you have taunted Verse 49 David put his hand into the bag took from it a stone And struck the Philistine and killed him and he brought that he brought the head to to Jerusalem.
REMIND YOURSELF HOW YOU SLEW A SMALLER GIANT
And notice in verse 54, he put the weapons in his tent David’s tent. Don’t go too quickly over this wrap-up of the battle that’s significant. What else is in David’s tent, how about the paw of a bear How about the mane of a lion or the tail just a reminder of Those lion and bear moments when God Brought a victory through him he put the weapons in his tent. All giants seemed larger than they really are. You think you’ll not be able To get control over Whatever that giant is it seems larger than it really is; It’s not larger than our God it’s not larger then your Savior.
Never forget your own lion and bear stories, every one of you has some, I have some. That’s why I say to you don’t don’t ever forget what God has done for you. As a little cliche count your many blessings You can put it that way, but think of them as God’s Powerful working in and through your life Never forget your own lion and bear stories remember – That magnificent impossible situation that God turned around for you.
Remember that prayer that you offered in a weak faith, And by the grace of God he answered. Following every giant victory place a reminder in your mental trophy case. When the crucial moment arrives remember these five words. The battle is the Lord’s, The battle is the Lord’s, The day you take on a giant in your own flesh is a day you will face defeat. All the way through this episode this this brief battle David’s focus is on the Lord is God. No wonder he is called a man after God’s own heart. Everybody else focused on the giant David realized that his God was greater than any giant There is no giant so great that He is not greater still. Source: Youtube