Take a look at the television schedule, the Twitter feeds, or the daily newspapers. If you haven’t noticed already, football season is in full swing. Everyone is rooting for their favorite team. Whether or not you are an avid football fan or not, I want you to consider the fact that life is a lot like a football game. We run interference, we may even fumble the ball, but with God’s help, we will ultimately find ourselves on the winning team. And before we victoriously make every touchdown, we can rest assured that God will help us tackle the giants we encounter along the way.
David knew firsthand that God would help His children overcome the giants in our lives. And in his case, he went up against a real, live giant named Goliath. Other people doubted this young man’s ability to defeat Goliath, but David knew that God was on his side. David said, “‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine’” (I Samuel 17:37). David didn’t read a book on how to slay a giant. He didn’t Google what weapons he needed to attempt to fight such an enormous man. He simply relied on God to provide a way when there seemed to be no way. David knew in his heart that all things are possible with God.
Moses encountered a similar problem. He needed to lead a large number of people to the other side of the Red Sea. There was one major problem though. They did not have even one boat. There wasn’t a large bridge spanning the distance either. To make matters worse, they were being pursued by the Egyptians, so time was of the essence. Moses turned the problem over the God, and raised his hand. The Bible says, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided” (Exodus 14:21). Moses didn’t use his GPS to find the nearest ferry station or use his cell phone to call 911. He put his trust in the One who is able to do abundantly more than we could ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
David and Moses are not the only ones who have faced giants in their lives. I have encountered my share of trials and tribulations as well. When I was little, my two baby brothers passed away as infants. At ten years of age, I lost my first grandparent. Since then, I have lost three of my grandparents. I’ve spent months in the hospital, including the weeks when I was born premature and lifeless and the weeks I nearly lost my life when I was a teenager due to a perforated colon. Most recently, I lost my Mama. This was the most difficult thing I have ever had to face. But through it all, one thing has never wavered. That is my faith in Jesus Christ.
Life is not always easy. The news is filled with giants that threaten our health, our finances, our environment, and so much more. But even with the uncertainty in the world, I find sweet rest in the fact that Jesus is always with us. He will see us through. I am reminded of a song I sing with the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra: “No matter the storms that come my way, No matter the trials I may face, You promised that You would see me through. So, I will trust in You.” I do not put my trust in secular entities, religious and political figures, or any other thing on this earth. I put my trust in Jesus Christ, the Truth, the Life, and the Way. He is the only hope we have in this world.
What or who is the giant in your life? Is it a pile of financial burdens or a severe illness that has you bedridden? Could it be a job that has you overstressed? Perhaps it is a friend or family member who constantly torments you with negativity. Whatever circumstances you may find yourself in, rest assured that God is with you. He is aware of the giant you face. Just as he provided David with smooth stones and a slingshot, Moses with a staff, and me with peace in many heartbreaking and uncertain situations, He will also provide you with the means to face your giants. Put your trust in Jesus Christ. He will restore your joy, fill your heart with peace, and help you tackle the giants in your life!
In Christ’s Love,