In Numbers 13, the twelve males that have been sent out to discover the Promised Land returned to give their report to Moses. They started their report by telling Moses and the rest of the Israelites that the land God had promised them was bountiful, a land flowing with milk and honey that created the most astounding fruit (v. 27). And then, immediately after displaying the persons the samples of the fruit they brought back with them, the subsequent word out of their mouths was, “but…” They then proceeded to inform the persons that the land was occupied by highly effective persons living in fortified cities and not only that, but there have been also giants there (v. 28).
When Caleb attempted to assure the persons that he was specific that they could and need to conquer the land (v. 30), ten of the other males then started telling the Israelites that all of the persons who occupied the land have been big, so big in reality that, subsequent to them, they felt like grasshoppers. The Israelites listened to this unfavorable report and, in disobedience to God, chose not to attempt to take the land. In reality, God told them that none of their generation would reside to see the Promised Land, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb. For these Israelites, their giants have been so large that they kept them from getting what God had for them. They have been hunting at their giants via the lens of worry. The lens of worry is like a magnifying glass that tends to make points appear larger than they really are.
How large are your “giants?”
How large are the points in your life that hold you from stepping into what God has for you? Are your “giants” so large that they hold you wandering in the “wilderness?” Perhaps your “giants” are unemployment, addiction, marital complications, or overall health concerns. Here’s the factor, just as the ten spies looked at the persons who lived in Canaan and only saw “giants,” when you appear at your complications via the lens of worry, they come to be magnified, they come to be “giants.” And when our complications come to be “giants” in our eyes, worry paralyzes us and keeps us from stepping into God’s strategy and objective for our lives.
Let’s speedy forward via the Old Testament to 1 Samuel 17. The Israelites, below King Saul, have been preparing to do battle with the Philistines. As they gathered close to the valley of Elah, the two armies faced every single other from the hills on opposite sides of the valley (v. 1-three). The Israelites have been possibly confident that they would have victory more than the Philistines but then it occurred. A giant appeared. His name was Goliath, and he stood about nine feet, nine inches tall (v.four). Goliath issued a challenge (v. eight-9), “Send 1 man to fight me. If I am defeated, we will come to be your slaves. But if I am victorious, then you will come to be our slaves.” And so, a giant stood ahead of the Israelites, threatening to come involving them and victory. How did they react? Verse 11 says that they have been terrified and deeply shaken! None of the Israelites would accept Goliath’s challenge. They looked at the giant via the lens of worry. But then came David.
David was a boy and a shepherd. He had in no way fought in a battle, had no expertise as a soldier, but David stepped forward and told King Saul not to be concerned about the Philistine giant. He would fight him (v. 32). Saul gave his personal armor and sword to David but, immediately after attempting them out, David took them off and gave them back (v. 38-39). David then picked up some smooth stones, place them in his shepherd’s bag, and headed off to face Goliath with only a sling and a shepherd’s employees (v. 40). Why was David in a position to do what the whole army of Israel could not? It is since David looked at his giant not via the lens of worry, but via the lens of faith. Appear at what David mentioned to Goliath as he stood facing this giant:
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Nowadays the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and reduce off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your males to the birds and wild animals, and the complete planet will know that there is a God in Israel! And every person assembled right here will know that the LORD rescues his persons, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:45-47).
David knew that his God was larger than the giant that faced him. And so, when Goliath created a move to attack, David did not stroll up to this giant, he “quickly ran to meet him” (v. 48). And with just a sling and a stone, and God on his side, David took down that giant.
We have two selections when we face the “giants” in our lives. We can either appear at them via the lens of worry and enable them to hold us from what God has for us. Or we can appear at them via the lens of faith, understanding that God is with us and that He will assist us to defeat them. Practically nothing is not possible when we have God on our side. In Luke 18:27, Jesus mentioned, “What is not possible for persons is attainable with God.”
So, how large are your giants? Or, probably the much better query is, how large is your God?
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