(Click on heading to expand) Sorry for the delay in posting a blog! Hopefully we will get back to a regular schedule after the abrupt closing of school last week…..
When I was in Israel, we had the opportunity to go to the field and valley where David took on Goliath. It was there our group was able to imagine the scene of a scrawny shepherd boy taking out a 9’9” tall giant with one rock and a sling. As an aside, it is interesting to note that the government has to bring in stone by the truck full to replace the stones that tourists pick up from that field.
People use this story often to fight the giants they are facing.
You might not have a gigantic giant person taunting you to come out and fight. But, currently, each of us are facing giants of our own.
All of us are fighting the giant called Covid-19 and how it has literally turned our lives up-side down. At the Green house we are adjusting to all of us being home and needing to accomplish school-work and study to prepare worship. Homeschooling our children is a giant I am currently facing. This is not something that I ever wanted to do or thought I was qualified to do. I have also quickly discovered that Troy is a much more patient and effective teacher than I am. I already knew this, but it is fun to watch him shine in this way with our children.
I was also reminded today that the giants we face are not limited to Covid-19. This might be all we really see on the news and in our Social Media feed. However, there are others who continue to struggle in real ways. Today I received a text asking for prayer for a mom whose daughter over-dosed this weekend and this mom is now in the process of saying good-bye to her. That one text helped to remind me how Covid-19 isn’t the biggest giant many people are facing. Even in the midst of this there are people still fighting addiction, food insecurity, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, insecurity, and financial struggles.
ALL of us have our giants. We would do well to learn from David.
During this time, I have been more insistent to spend time alone with God each day. David could face his “giant” because he had spent time in the quiet with God.
Randy Frazee writes the following: “When he arrived at the place of the standoff between the Israelites and the Philistines, he talked about God. He told Saul that “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (1Sam.17:37). He did not hesitate to confront Goliath, saying he came “in the name of the Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel.”
David was God-focused instead of giant-focused. He mentions Goliath two times and God nine times. He knew the giant was there and recognized his presence. But his thoughts were twice as much on God.
That focus led him to confront his giant rather than run away. For forty days Goliath continued to challenge Israel’s army. And for forty days everyone hoped he would just go away. But giants don’t typically go away until we face them. So David stepped into the gap and slung one well-aimed stone at him.
It helps to have someone in your corner that believes in you. David had his Jonathan. You need yours. You need at least one person who believes in you and that also believes in God. Someone who can encourage your faith—give you courage—when you most need it.
And you will need it. Because after you slay one giant, there will be more. You may wonder why David picked up five stones from the river bed. Was he afraid he might miss? Not likely. He was skilled in his use of the sling.
2 Samuel 21:18-22 hints that Goliath may have had four brothers. David was ready. He could take on one giant. You might say knew how to get a head of his giant. And then he was ready for more.
And you can too. Just follow the shepherd from Bethlehem.”