We all have giants that come into our lives from time to time, and I can almost guarantee you your giant looks completely different than mine. Your giant may be your job, your spouse, your kids, a relationship, a medical condition, etc. In the Bible, whenever the Israelites went into battle, they always knew God was with them. He led His chosen people out of the desert, through the parted sea, and He used little David to fight the Giant Goliath. Why wouldn’t He use little ol’ me?
Last week, I was faced with the “Giant” that I knew was coming. I just didn’t realize it was coming so soon! When I heard the giant was coming, I wanted to run and hide. I wanted to climb into my bed and pull the covers up over my head and hide out until the giant had passed. Avoiding it seemed best. The first night I went to bed in hopes that the giant would go away. Disappear! But the next morning, the giant was still there, staring me in the face. It hadn’t gone away like I had hoped. And as much as I wanted to thump the giant in the throat and run, I went to the scriptures instead. I read my first devotional and nothing…I picked up the second and nothing. “Okay, Lord,” I prayed. “I really need You to speak to me. These feelings needed to be laid down, but how? How do I do that when I am on tilt, and this scary giant is staring me in the face? Speak to me, Lord! Please!”
“God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
And just like that, the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear something I once heard a preacher say: “Christ didn’t endure the cat of nine tails so that I could be comfortable!”
Reality hit home like a punch in the gut! Yes, Lord. You’re right! I hear You loud and clear! This world is not my home. I was created to bring Glory to my Heavenly Father. And here I am acting like a spoiled brat. Avoiding a situation (a giant) that God had already strengthened me to stand up against.. So you know what I did? I sucked it up! I put on my big girl undies and the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-11). I applied my makeup and picked out the cutest outfit and was off to face my giant! No more ignoring the giant and trying to get away from it. It was time to face it. I got into my car and began praying. Praying Heaven down. Lord, meet with me again. And I kid you not this song came on the radio…
“Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand
But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”
Sometimes God has to put us in uncomfortable situations. He uses someone as small, weak and feeble as I am so that I can see just how BIG He is! Christ didn’t endure being crucified for you and me to be comfortable. Stand up, friend, and go fight that giant. Give God the glory for the victory that is to come.
Matthew 27:29: “A crown of thorns was placed upon His head.”
Verse 30: They spit on Him.
Verse 31: They mocked Him.
The Crucifixion of Christ
Matthew 27: 32-38, 48, 50
Mark 15: 21-26, 36, 37
Luke 23: 26-33, 38, 46
Christ died NOT so that we could live a life of comfort. Rather, He died so that we could be SAVED and we can live eternally with Him in Heaven one day. Face your giant no matter how painful. Pray for strength from God, and cast your tiny stone that it might slay the giant and that Christ would be glorified through your obedience.
Romans 10:9-10, 13: 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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