Pastor T. Marvene Wright
By Pastor T. Marvene WrightThe Word Center of L.A.
Scripture: I Samuel 17
When you hear the word ‘giant,' what images, words or thoughts come to mind?
I think about a giant from the traditional definition: one that is extraordinarily large and powerful; behemoth; BIG; enormous; gigantic; mountainous. When faced with a giant dread, fear, anxiety, alarm, hesitancy and other unpleasant emotions may be experienced or felt.
When we read I Samuel 17, the story involves four major characters; God, the children of Israel, the giant, and David. I placed God first because He will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him.
The giant, the enemy, was arrayed against the men of Israel; he intimidated them (vv 1-11). The men looked at the armor, listened to the voice, saw the vast army supporting him and were afraid. The ultimate goal of the giant was to put the people of God in servitude and bondage (v. 9).
A young, fearless man named David heard the threats and observed how fearful the people of God were (vv 23-24). David also heard the men talk about the rewards the King would give to the man who killed the giant.
David got excited and was ready to accept the challenge to take away the reproach from Israel. David also was aware that the giant was an uncircumcised Philistine. He had no covenant rights like the people of God had obtained through the covenant God made with Abraham. David knew that the God of his fathers would fight for them (Ex. 14:14, Deut. 3:22, Ps. 35:1, Ps.144:1).
The people closest to David did not understand his motive, but David continued to speak his faith until King Saul heard it. Even then, sometimes the most influential people around you doubt your abilities because in the natural, you do not hold the same status or credentials as they. The past victories of David served to build his faith (vv 31-37). God has already given you the ‘go' to destroy the giants in your life.
When the giant saw that the people of God had a young, inexperienced person representing them, he was insulted. David began to speak powerful words over this situation. He was not representing himself, but he stated he was a representative of the Lord of Hosts.
He used his words to speak over the enemy. David was not heaping glory upon him, but wanted all present to know that God fights differently than human flesh.
David acknowledged that the battle was not his. He realized that the victory was the result of God delivering the giant into his hand. David took his every day tools, and slung a stone in the forehead of the giant. Then he took the sword of the enemy and cut his head off. David killed the giant.
Are there any giants coming against you? Are there any big, mountainous, gigantic, large situations, thoughts or circumstances facing you? Kill it!
Do not sit back like the army of Saul and wonder what we can do to this giant. David did not allow the size of the giant to get in the way of what he knew needed to be done.
It is time for us as believers, the People of God, to stand up, speak up and shut up the voice of the enemy. We need to look at our giant problems from God's perspective, and then fear, intimidation, anxiety and fret will leave us.
Examine how many rewards are missed because the giant remains alive. Our God reigns! Our God will fight for us! Kill the giant!