I’ve been reading a lot about David this week. It’s been interesting to revisit the life of this great man of God. David is often described as a man after God’s own heart. Growing up I remember listening to the story of David and Goliath in Sunday school and children’s church. We’d sing songs about David and Goliath. …….David defeated a giant. David wasn’t a big man. He wasn’t 6 foot or even 7 foot tall. He was a little boy. David was a shepherd boy. He didn’t fight in big wars. David tended to sheep. He wasn’t armed with a lot of weapons either. He was armed with the Lord being on his side and a sling shot with stones. Now think of that, David going against the biggest enemy the Israelites had faced at that time.
Every day in our life we face giants. Giants that seem too big for us to face. Maybe it’s a job loss, an illness, a strained relationship with a spouse or loved one, a broken heart, or you lost someone you love. Giants when you are dealing with them seem big.
Let’s talk about dealing with Giants…
The first giant is the giant of job loss.
When you lose a job you have the pressure of how you are going to pay your bills. With this giant remember that God has promised to supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that the heavens are going to open and money is going to start raining from heaven. But it does mean that He will give you the means to take care of your family. My dad likes to say that God does not promise to give you all that you want. I often ask him if there is anything I can get him. He jokes with me and says, “Yep, a million dollars.” I laugh and say, “Daddy, I can’t give you that but I’ll get you a slice of pie or a Pepsi.” We don’t have everything we want in life – thank God for that. I think sometimes if I had everything I had asked the Lord for I’d be unhappy. This is because God knows what we need.
The next giant is illness.
I’ve faced this giant. It’s hard when you can’t do the things that you love. It’s difficult when you wake up in the morning and have to work to get your arms and legs moving. It’s sad to watch your children want you to just play in the backyard but you can’t for long periods of time because your health can’t take it. This giant is heartbreaking. When you face this giant remember two things. The first being the joy of the Lord is your strength. We see this in Nehemiah 8:10. Second remember God sees you. Hagar learned this lesson in Genesis 16:13 it says, “Thereafter Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. she said, “You are the God who sees me.” Think about that Hagar was running from the harsh treatment of Sarai. Sarai who had put Hagar in Abraham’s bed was upset. (as any woman would be that loved her husband) and said This is all your fault. I put my servant into your arms, but now that’s she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The Lord will show who’s wrong – you or me.” (Genesis 16:5) Now I don’t blame Sarai for being upset that her husband had a child with someone else. I also don’t blame Hagar for being so upset at how she was being treated that she ran away. I can’t imagine how she was feeling. I’ve been pregnant many times and that alone is enough to go through, let alone the hormones, the roller coaster feelings, and then she has to deal with not being wanted. God saw Hagar in the middle of this pain. Just like God sees you when you are facing cancer, MS, metabolic illness, etc. God sees you!! He knows your pain, he knows how you want to be able to do everything and it is NOT His will for you to be ill.
The third giant is the giant of strained relationships.
Maybe you are apart from your husband or wife, maybe you are not speaking to your mom, or other relative, or maybe you are facing a broken friendship. Strained relationships are hard because their are hurt feelings on both sides. The language of apology is needed in this case. You may not be wrong and you may feel like you are the right party. But we are called to treat others as we would want to be treated. I
think of this often because I am not always the greatest in this area. I can speak words harshly to those I love. Words injure souls. The thing about words is you can’t take them back. Maybe a trust is broken in a marriage. This is a big giant. It’s one that is hard to get through. But I know that the Lord who sees you hears you and also heals you. God is the restorer of all things. He sees your heartache, your pain. If you need to heal a broken relationship or friendship. First take time to pray. The best thing to do is give the situation to the Lord. Then get in the Word. I have been facing some difficult times lately. I’ve been spending a lot of time in my Bible. The Lord knew I would need this book. I’ve been rereading the stories of David, Abraham, Moses, also going in to the Psalms and digging deeper. A great resource for apologizing is the author of the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. I love this series because everyone has a language by which they feel loved. In learning that you learn how to relate to that person. Now everyone has a language but which they feel loved they also have a language by which an apology matters to them as well. You can check out this resource at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
The final giant, is a giant of loss or death of someone you love.
This is a HUGE giant. My father recently lost his wife. They were married 18 years. She was his everything. Patty would cook, clean, and bake. Yep the way to my dad’s heart is like every guy – through his stomach. Patty died unexpectedly after a surgery on her hip. It was an easy surgery but God called her home. This left a huge hole in my dad and brother’s heart. I didn’t know her very well because of living far away. We’d talk occasionally and those little conversations were always fun. She always made me smile and I could tell how much she loved my dad. Now my dad is left with this heartache. Daily I watch him get up, go to work, and fight through the pain. Every week he visits Patty’s grave, talks to her, and asks why did you leave me. I’m so glad that in this time I have been able to get to know my dad even better. Grieving is hard. We often don’t understand why God allows things and people that we love to die. With this giant, you need to let yourself grieve. You need to go through the steps of loss. Feel the anger, cry, remember the memories you made together, find a way to journal through the pain. Now for those of you who don’t journal you can use a recording program on your phone or IPad to do this. But it’s important to get those feelings out. I’ve been using an app which tracks my feelings. In the app, I have to put what activities I did for the day, my mood, and then any notes about the day. It’s really helped me to see how my moods are. It’s also helped me to see the goodness of God in the middle of pain.
Grieving is hard. Jesus grieved the death of his friend Lazarus. Jesus wept. Think about that Jesus – cried. He felt hurt and pain just like we do. Let yourself grieve that loss and if you need to I highly encourage you to seek a counselor. Find someone you can talk to that will help you work through the pain.
Now let’s get back to David…so David is armed for battle with just a slingshot and stone. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to face an enemy with just those two things. But David also had another strong factor…God was on his side. In 1 Samuel 17 we see David ready for battle and Saul tries to give him heavy armor. David chooses to go after the giant with just a slingshot and stone. He had five smooth stones from the stream. Then armed with only his shepherd’s staff and a sling. David went to face the giant Goliath. David was taunted by Goliath because Goliath didn’t think a little boy was going to kill him. But David knew that he came in the name of the Lord. David hurled the stone in the sling and it sank in and Goliath fell to the ground.
Giants in life are inevitable. They are around every corner of life that we face. But remember you are not alone, God sees you. God loves you. He holds you in the palm of His Hand. And remember no matter what storm you are facing the Lord is with you.
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Have a blessed day!!