Warriors and Giants

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Giants are big and scary and most of all…really loud. Lately, I have been looking at the giants in my life…watching with dread as they approach, noticing their size, hearing their loud threats. Last year, I read Max Lucado’s amazing book, Facing Your Giants. It was filled with truth, encouraging, empowering, inspiring biblical truth…just like everything Max Lucado writes. He is one of my favorite authors. His gift for painting word pictures that relate to the struggles we face in this life as we seek a closer walk with Jesus, is unmatched. Last year, his words encouraged me to remember not to look at the size of the giant before me, but to look instead to size of my God, who is able and mighty…and bigger than all the giants.

But, for a moment, my eyes shifted back to the size of the giant.

My son, James, like all of us, has been facing some giants of his own lately. On a particularly difficult day of battling the looming giants, we were both feeling a little defeated. We sat down to do our nightly bible devotion. James was all snuggled in his bed, and I opened his God’s Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible (by Sheila Walsh…love her).

And, I was reminded about the size of my God.

Little David, refusing to cover himself in the king’s armor, went out to confront the giant who had been threatening God’s people. While bigger men than he cowered in fear and the giant basically laughed him off, David says to the giant (with complete confidence!),

“You come to me using a sword, a large spear and a small spear. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven’s armies. He’s the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken out against him.”

And do you know what happens next? Do you know???

As the giant, Goliath, came near to attack him, David ran quickly to meet him.
You know the story…David kills the giant…God gets the glory.

And me…as I read that familiar story, I melted in the arms of my Savior and smiled through tears, at the truth and peace that washed over us. We talked about the “giants” in our lives…the things that seem big or scary or difficult. And the truth that no giant standing before us will ever be as big as the God who loves us. We prayed together, and I walked away with renewed confidence. David ran to meet the giant, armed with only a stone, a slingshot, and confidence in the Lord. He didn’t cower or wait, watching in dread as the giant approached. He was prepared. He trusted in the Lord, His God…and he ran out to meet the giant. Bold courage. Bold faith. Bold victory. He kept his eyes fixed on the size of his God, which incidentally made the giant look pretty small. And he was a victorious warrior.

I love all the ways God uses to speak to our hearts. There is no where we could go, where He is not able (and willing) to meet us. He will find us, and lift us to the higher Rock. Not only did God whisper His truth to my heart that night, but He planted the seeds of His truth into the heart of my little warrior. Oh…He is good.

Comments

  1. 2feetonearth1inthestars says:

    oh Kelly. I’ve got tears coming down my face. I needed this so badly. I’ve got some huge giants in my life and I’ve been so scared and so afraid even though I know God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind. It’s so hard sometimes.

    Tonight as I face one of my giants I’ll do so and think of David

  2. I am really encouraged by your post this morning. The “giant” I am facing right now is the threat of preterm labor. I am not quite 29 weeks pregnant with twins and have been contracting for the last couple days. I was kept in the hospital overnight for monitoring, and unable to sleep in this bed, here I am reading your post. Thank you for the profound yet simple reminder that God is way bigger than any “giant” I might be facing. I am so comforted by His “bigness!”

    In Christ,
    Angela Squires

  3. Thanks for sharing, we all face giants at times, but it is encouraging to think of David and face the giants with the Lord on our side. He is faithful!

  4. Kelly, you are right,…we need to face our giants! And we will be able to,…with the beauty of His sufficient grace!

    If we run and hide it doesn’t bring glory to God. His strength can be made known if we stand and fight with His armor on!

    I loved this post.
    You are so encouraging,…and such a lovely lady!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  5. Lynnette Kraft says:

    David is an inspiration to us all! I’m so thankful for those stories in the scriptures. I can read them again and again and again, but sometimes the familiar story can have a new, strong impact on my life. I never tire of them.

    Thank you for sharing. You were an inspiration today.
    Love,
    Lynnette

  6. Jenilee says:

    thank you for your post. so encouraging!

  7. Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul says:

    Thank you for such a timely word…I seem to keep typing that today!!! Yes, oh Lord, I do believe!!!
    Both of my girls are facing some giants and I, of course, have my own and they are seeming too large right now….BUT GOD!!! He will be glorified!

    Pamela in TX

  8. Kristin says:

    What a beautifully written post, Kelly. This is what I have realized lately that changed everything for me….that there is nothing I can’t handle with the Lord by my side. When I truly began to believe that, it literally changed my world and it has been so freeing!

  9. Beautiful post as always.

  10. Raye Ann says:

    I am always amazed at the time frame of God. At the moments He chooses to teach us or remind us of something.

    Blessings

  11. Your memory today was beautiful

  12. Jennifer Ross says:

    Amen! God is creator of everything, nothing can overpower Him.

  13. Patricia says:

    Thank you for the reminder of how big and great our God is. He will fight for us.

  14. Alleluiabelle says:

    I know that God is much bigger, but through your posting today, it brought me to realize again just how much bigger in comparison to our giants we are facing. I so needed to read this today.

    Thank you so much sweet soul. Your heart is beautiful and I love coming here.

    Love & Blessings,
    Alleluiabelle

  15. Tammy On the Go says:

    thanks…

  16. Laura Hoekstra-Bettig says:

    Thank you for proclaiming truth, Kelly! It was something I needed to hear tonight.

    See you next week!;-)

  17. Karabeth says:

    Thanks for the reminder of how small the giants are compared to how big our God is!

  18. Timmy's Girl says:

    Kelly, what a blessing you are!

    Also wanted you to know that I nominated you for an award on my blog. Hope you like it!

    xoxo,
    Veronica in CA

  19. Peautifully written. many years have gone in the making of who I am. I have cried a river of tears. I get excited when I read that my tears are stored in a bottle and all my prayers are written in His book.

    June

  20. Abigail Kraft says:

    Thank you so much for writing this inspiring post! I think it’s so cool how simple stories that we’ve known for so long can touch us with a new and poignant power. Amazing how the bible can do that!

    Very encouraging. Thank you for stopping by my blog on Wednesday! :)

    In His arms,
    –Abigail

  21. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:

    Thanks for the post of encouragement. I needed it…There are giants everywhere I turn.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please stop by again soon. I am going to have a “card box” giveaway every month. This drawing will be the last day of April.
    Every comment you leave throughout the month will enter your name in the drawing, so if you visit several times and leave several comments, you will have a better chance to win. This NEW blogger was so touched by all the comments I got on the Blog Party, that I decided to make this a monthly GIFT…
    Also, if you link to my blog telling about the monthly giveaway, you will have your name entered 10 extra times…How is that for an incentive?
    I was so blown away by all the responses that I wanted to email each person personally, but TIME… just has not permitted..but I did love reading all of them..I am continuing to introduce my family members and then there will be some fun blogs coming up from Disney World in May. I am so thankful for all my new friends.

  22. Meredith says:

    Lucado is one of my favorites also and I love how the Lord spoke truth to you in the middle of a godly bedtime story. David ran…….
    speaks volumes doesn’t it? May your giants seem extra small this week!
    Blessings!

  23. The Mama says:

    I love your song and this was a sweet entry! Thanks for sharing and for the compliments you left on my page :)

  24. Alleluiabelle says:

    I've become a 'fan' of yours…to see what that means…please stop by my site. I have a surprise for you in my 4/6/09 post.

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Alleluiabelle

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