These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them. 2 Samuel 21:22
Ever felt like you are up against something much bigger than you? Maybe it’s a task you feel God has commissioned you to. A task to accomplish for His glory but that you feel spans far beyond your natural ability. It could be parenting, a job, a diagnosis, or just cleaning out your “junk drawer”! What ever “it” is it feels like a giant. Now, I think there are lower case g giants and there are capital G giants in life but all are scary on some level.
Facing your giants takes courage and courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of trust. God is faithful and we can trust Him, but can He trust us with what He has entrusted to us for such a time as this?
The great I AM has everything we need to face the “giant” or “Giant” so why are we often so tempted to walk as a victim when He calls us a victor in Him!!?!!
Take a moment to read 2 Samuel 21:15-22 (Its amazing!).
Did you see in verse 15 it starts out with, “Once again…” so it wasn’t the first time. Our problem may not be a capital G Giant but it seems to become one just because it occurs DAILY. We can fight it once but “once again..” is another story. But have you noticed John 8:12 also starts out “Once again..” “Once again, Jesus spoke…” There will never be a “once again” that our Jesus in not in “once again” with us.
The Scripture continues on to tell us it was “in the thick of the battle..”. You know like the middle part of the roller coaster. As you are ticking slowly up to the top of the earth in that little death trap of a car (way to late to back out), only a thin bar (that you are now sure is well below appropriate safety standards) is keeping you from plummeting to certain death at the first loop!! “In the thick of the battle” you realize this was a mistake of quite possibly colossal measures and you can in no way see where this “roller coaster ride” will end, so you can only assume it will be the end of you!
You start thinking like the victim because you probably deserve it right, you’re not able to handle this or that, of course you’ll never be as good a “roller coaster rider” as the girl next to you. I mean what were you thinking making the choice to get on anyway?! – But maybe God’s just teaching you to let go. To find that on HIS wings you can soar. If you had never taken that step of faith “in the thick of the battle” that you felt was way beyond your own ability or control, you never would have looked for, or experienced, the ride on His victorious wings!
Now the Scripture says David “became weak and exhausted” and then the giant enters the scene with his NEW sword weighing more than my choice of bowling ball weight!! But isn’t that just like the enemy! To attack (with a new weapon no less) when we are at our weakest most exhausted and in the thick of the battle!
Might we take note of this and be on guard against the devils schemes (Eph. 6:11)! There will be times we are exhausted and weak with not a sliver of energy left that we once had at the beginning of the battle and there may be no end in sight (John 16:33). We might wonder and question if we are even on the right track, begin to doubt our walk or His calling. But do you see verse 17!?!
In verse 17 a friend comes to David’s aid! God is our friend that promises to never leave us (Joshua 1:9, Heb. 13:5) but are you that friend with eyes to see the one that needs encouragement or help in the thick of their battle? Is your heart willing to come to their aid? A friendly smile flashed at a stranger might be God’s commission for me today – I don’t want to miss it! Sometimes we get so caught up in our own battle we miss how we can be helping someone else with theirs (Isaiah 58:10)!
David’s friend encourages him not to let his light get snuffed out. The enemy can use our giants to snuff out our lights can’t he if we let him. Getting us to assume the victim roll he wants us too. But in Jesus we have the light of life and torrents of living water within (John 8:12, John 7:38)!! Stronger is He who is in us than who is in the world (1 John 4:4)!
What truth are you letting ring loudest in your mind?!!
Then the end verse 22 you just gotta love! There were those giants BUT David and his warriors killed them. – So what capital or lower case (G,g) “giants” are you facing? What is stacked up against you that in your own self is too much, too big and you don’t have enough…(—) you fill in that blank.
David didn’t either. He was weak, exhausted, could see no end and the giant enemy had a big new weapon. But it seems to me he chose to take up the shield of faith in his GIANT God, the God of heavens armies, God Almighty and let His truth ring louder in his mind. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
In Jesus you are not the victim of your G/giants, so don’t take the roll of a victim when He’s called you a victor! …Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome… Where O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? …thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (Rev. 5:5, 1 Cor. 15:55,57-58)
Independent Read: John 15:5