"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."
(1 Samuel 17:45 KJV)
King Saul of Israel, of Our Awesome God's chosen people, had been fighting tooth and nail for every inch of the Promised Land since becoming king. Even though the land was "Promised," it did not come easy when you don't ask for God's help. (Most promised lands are that way - we have to work and struggle for them.)
Lately, the Philistines had been gaining the upper hand against Our Awesome God's people. King Saul was getting older and very weary. The Philistines unveiled their "secret weapon" - a nine foot nine giant named Goliath. This powerful, fearsome man was out daily taunting the Israelites, issuing a challenge that had King Saul's army cringing behind their shields. There wasn't a soldier in the camp who wanted to take on Goliath. Fear and despair took hold in the camp and ate away the courage of every last man. Each day Goliath looked bigger and the soldiers of Saul felt smaller and they were not asking God for help.
We all have an intimidating giant that bothers us whether we belong to Our Awesome God or not. It may relate to our job, a relationship, a parent, or our school. Giants keep changing according to our circumstances. Maybe your giant is a spirit of worry and fear that shouts across your valley every day – day after day. Perhaps you don’t even know what lies across the valley. Maybe you can’t get a handle on what that giant is, but it’s haunting you.
What giants try to stand in your way today if you are a child of Our Awesome God? Name them. Write them down. Think about how the giants of circumstance and opposition have combined to keep you enslaved to fear and sometimes have driven you almost to the brink of despair. How much longer will you hide in the rocks of fear? When are you going to step into the valley and face the giant eyeball to eyeball?
Once you have taken that first step into the valley and toward the giant, your faith increases and the next step is easier. Our Awesome God, in His infinite wisdom, knows you need to take that first step before He increases your faith in Him and gives you victory over the giants in your life. Our Awesome God is there to fight with you and for you because that fight is His also. God will bless you with victory!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study with AWANA for children. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill