One of my favorite stories is that of David and Goliath. What has always intrigued me was the fact that a 16 year old boy was able to do what an army could not or would not. Panic stricken for weeks, the army of Israel would listen as the giant would hurl verbal propaganda across the valley. Challenging and taunting them day in and day out, until one day the giant met his match. A 16 year old boy full of faith and confidence with a grand purpose for his life accepts the challenge to fight the giant.
Every day we face giants in one form or another. Some of us face emotional giants paralyzing us from having lasting healthy relationships. Some face giants in terms of business struggles. Whether it is challenges in sales, fierce competition or the possibility of closure, the giant seems to be overwhelming. Some face giants in marriage. Fighting constantly, infidelity or interactions without romance have weakened the relationship to the point of divorce.
The list could probably go on and on.
It’s time to become a giant killer. David did what others would not do. He challenged the giant in the battle of the century and took his head leaving the army in complete victory.
In the actions of this young boy and the eventual victory he gained over the giant there are some principles that allow us to also become giant killers:
Understand Who You Are –
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people. David understood first that he was called to be king and was a child of the King. When you gain a clear understanding that you are meant for greatness, that your life has been formed to make a radical impact on this world, it gives you the confidence and the strength to know that this giant cannot take me out. Too often we forget that we are here to make impact. We are here for great purpose. Gaining an understanding of your purpose allows you to look beyond the immediate challenge of the giant. David’s purpose to become king helped him realize that the defeat of this giant was assured.
Know Your Strength
While it is probably true that you have not faced the giant that stands in front of you today, you have probably faced other problems quite successfully. When David was compelled to fight this giant Philistine he began to tell of his experience fighting a lion and a bear, killing them both (1 Sam 17:34). David had already built the skill to fight this giant by fighting the lion and the bear. As you stand before your giant look back and see the victories you have already won and the battles that have already been conquered. Draw confidence to face the current challenge by understanding that you have already been through so much successfully and this current challenge no matter the size will end in the same victory.
Grab For Your Resources
In the story of David and Goliath, David goes to the brook and finds four smooth stones and enters the battle with his sling shot and those stones. While David was there standing before the giant alone he was armed with resources that allowed him to be victorious. These four stones provided the tools to fight the battle. So often when we fight giants in our lives we are so stubborn that we don’t ask for help. There are resources that can help you and aid you in your fight against your giant. Whether it be counseling, consulting, or connecting with others, find the resources that will assist you in becoming trained to win the battle. One of the greatest tricks of the giant is to cause us to believe there is no hope and nothing can help. We have become powerless and paralyzed by the constant lies the giant tells you. Lies that you are alone, lies that you don’t have anywhere to turn, lies that you are depleted of resources. The truth is, there are resources to help. Find your resources and take the giant out.
Find Your Focus
If you read about David and Goliath you will find that once David saw the Philistine challenging the army and the army paralyzed in fear David focused on the victory. His first words were “why aren’t we fighting this giant?” David focused immediately on the victory. He did not look to the right or to the left, but focused in on what needed to be done visualizing his success. Most of us approach our giants without focus. Because the problem looks so daunting we are overwhelmed by what looks hopeless . We need to find the focus for the victory. Whether it’s our marriage, our business or emotional issues we need to begin to see the victory. What does success look like? What does it look like to have a marriage that is healthy and thriving, what does it look like to have a business that is flourishing, what does it look like to have emotions that are healed? Once we can focus on that image of success – we need to go after it. You have to see it before you can be it. I was reading an article about Tiger Woods and how he was able to make the most amazing shots out of some of the most difficult situations. He said that, besides practicing those shots, he would visualize those shots in his mind. He played the shot over and over seeing how the ball moved and how his body moved to make the shot a success. This focus allowed him to get out of some very tricky situations. Don’t let the giant take your focus to things that are not important. See yourself victorious.
One thing is sure about David, he fought that Giant with no fear. As he approached that overwhelming situation that had put fear in the hearts of the soldiers, David faced it with courage. Facing your giant requires that you do what others will not do. Take action that others will not take. Stand in the face of fear and proclaim truth. The truth that you are somebody with purpose, somebody with focus and somebody with resources. Face the giant with courage knowing that you WILL be victorious.
While much can be written about the life of David the story of his victory over Goliath gives us the hope that whatever we are facing, no matter the size, can be conquered when we become “Giant Killers”.