by Eric Dunbar
Almost everyone has heard the story of the Philistine giant Goliath, and how a young Israelite shepherd boy named David brought him down with a rock. But did you know that giants are still a reality today? While the giants in our lives may not be flesh and blood like the giant Goliath of David’s day, make no mistake about it, giants are real, they are big, and they are just as threatening. But no matter how big they are, your giants will fall if you just throw the rock.
Goliath was a giant of a man. He stood more than nine feet tall. He wore a bronze helmet, a two-hundred-pound coat of mail, bronze leggings, and carried a bronze javelin several inches thick, tipped with a twenty-five-pound iron spearhead, and his armor-bearer walked ahead of him with a huge shield (1 Samuel 17:4-7 TLB). Every day, for forty days, Goliath would come out on the hilltop and threaten the Israelites, trying to drag them into a fight. When King Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine giant, they were dismayed and greatly afraid (1 Samuel 17:8-10).
When the men of Israel considered Goliath’s size, they quickly lost sight of their God. The longer they looked at the giant, the bigger he appeared to them, until the men of Israel forgot who they were. They forgot that they were God’s chosen people. Fear caused them to forget everything that God had ever done for them – how God had miraculously delivered their ancestors from slavery when they were in Egypt, and how God had brought them into the land of promise.
Many people today believe the account of David and Goliath is just a children’s Bible story, some even view is as a myth, but the story is a genuine account of a real historical event and it bears great significance for twenty-first century Christians. Our giants may not come to us wearing bronze armor and carrying a thick javelin and a huge shield like Goliath, but giants are still a reality. When the doctor gives you an unfavorable diagnosis, like cancer for example, that diagnosis can potentially become your giant. The more you look at it, the bigger it will manifest itself. If you continue to gaze upon it, it won’t be long before the giant – whatever it is – will start to appear bigger than life. Anything that appears that big will strike fear in your heart, and you can never defeat what you fear. But in spite of its size, your giant will fall if you do what David did: just throw the rock.
Although they mean you well, people will tell you that you are no match for your giant, but their assessment is based purely on their own ability and their deep seated fears. King Solomon told David that he was no match for Goliath, but that was because the king had allowed the giant’s size to take his nerve (1 Samuel 17:33). Whenever a giant rears its ugly head in your life it strikes fear in the heart everybody around you. Even those whom you depend on for support are filled with fear when they see the giant. When you tell your family and friends that you have cancer, their response is well meaning, but they only see hopelessness and they are ultimately defeated by their own fear.
Could it be that we Christians, like the Israelites of David’s day, have lost sight of our God? Did we forget who we are in Christ; that we are God’s own special people? Have we forgotten that God has delivered us from the hand of Satan whom we once served while we lived in darkness? Be reminded saints that we are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
When we are faced with difficulties that look so big they seem impossible, that is when we should bring to mind all of the past victories that God has given us. Those closest to you will almost always give you a lecture on why you could never win over your giant. Saul even told David that he was no match for Goliath. But David called to memory other giants that he had fought and won. He remembered the lion and the bear and how he had killed while guarding his father’s sheep, then he answered Saul, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).
Jesus is our Shepherd. He is our Rock and He is all we need to accomplish anything. The Bible teaches that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). So the next time a giant comes to afflict you with an addiction or a disease, to steal your finances, or to destroy your spouse and your children through divorce, reach into your bag of spiritual weapons and pull out the one weapon that never misses its target — Jesus, your Rock. I assure you if you throw the Rock, your giant will fall.