God’s Word for Today: Giant
1Samuel 17:23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.
What do you think of when you hear the word “giant”? Maybe your local QuikStop (or whatever creative name) has a huge cup named The Giant that you can fill with your favorite beverage. It is a silent rule that nothing ever gets bigger than giant.
You might have big, bigger, biggest, biggy, huge, and ginormous. But, when you purchase the ultimate Giant cup, you have maxed out. Any larger than that would be considered a jug or thermos used to service multiple people. But a Giant cup, that is all yours to enjoy for like, all day. Maybe even most of a week.
In professional American football, we have the New York Giants. Truthfully, they aren’t any bigger than other teams in the NFL. They were originally named after New York’s National League baseball team with the same name. The baseball Giants (now, San Francisco Giants) got their name from all the giant buildings that made up New York City. Even as large as New York is, there was only room for one Giant franchise. The football team has won a total of 8 NFL titles (3rd most) in which 4 of those are Super Bowls. Not really a giant type record, but respectable.
Then, we have giant problems. Those problems that are so overwhelming it makes us feel miniscule. I don’t like giant problems. What would be worse, being a giant with problems, or normal with a giant problem? All in one’s point of view I suppose.
The story of David and Goliath, to me, included a giant. Goliath has always been depicted as much larger than the norm. Most Bible translations do not include the word giant in the description of Goliath. But, I am positive every Sunday School lesson based on this story labels our Goliath as a giant.
Goliath at the very least was a giant problem. He stood in the way of the Israelites progress. For 40 days, Mr. Goliath taunted the Israelites and held them at bay. You should know the rest of the story. Little ole David came out and with a simple sling and a perfect stone, took care of the giant problem. Good stuff.
Our Christian walk seems to have 2 different versions of giant. First, you have the Bible, the Good Book, God’s Word, or whatever name you commonly use in reference. Honestly, it is a giant book. There are stories within stories. Lineage facts that will put you to sleep. Rules and guides and references to the future. It is a giant undertaking to read the Bible from cover to cover. It is a lifetime giant of a journey to understand the Bible as a whole. Rather intimidating.
Then, you have your other giants. The ones that continually get in the way of your Christian progress. Those challenges in your life that are like Goliath. Always standing in the way. Always taunting. Always making you turn around and go back to the life of your past. How can one ever defeat one’s giant?
Today, know that you can view yourself like David was viewed by others. Small, insignificant, and only good enough to stay back and take care of the sheep. Or, you can realize what David had in his pouch that ultimately defeated the giant of a problem. David had the most perfect and most well rounded stone (God himself) that slew the giant. You can have the same thing too. The Bible is giant, because it contains every little stone imaginable that will be needed to defeat your giants. Start using God’s Word. One stone at a time……
Prayer: Dear Lord, who is bigger than any of my giant problems. Thank you for giving me each small piece of wisdom I need to defeat the giants. Forgive me for the times I cower and let the giants defeat me. Today Lord, I reach into your Good Book for that perfect stone. In Jesus’, who is that stone, name I pray. Amen and amen.