In life all of us have our own giants that we face every day. These could be in the form of finances, health, relationships, poverty or whatever it is. What do you do when you are confronted with such giants?
Some normally go into depression, or even commit suicide and others consult witchdoctors. I have had to fight my own giants and thanks be to God who gives us victory.
I want you to know that there is a solution to whatever challenge or giant you could be facing today.
There is a lot that we can learn from one of the greatest giant killers, King David. One of the foundational truths that enabled David to face his giant (Goliath) was that he viewed the whole situation through God’s covenant.
What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
1 Samuel 17:26
David’s reference to Goliath being uncircumcised was pointing out that Goliath didn’t have any covenant rights like he did. In fact, every Israelite soldier was one of God’s covenant people, but they didn’t act like it. Likewise, all true believers have covenant rights to health, prosperity, joy, peace, etc., but not all look at their circumstances through the covenant.
These Israelite soldiers were looking at Goliath and not at God’s promises. The Lord had promised them that no man would be able to stand before them (Deut. 11:25). Goliath was a man. He was a big man but a man nonetheless.
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While others only saw the giant, David kept his attention on the promises of God. This is why we need to know God’s Word.
When David voiced his faith in the covenant of God despite the circumstances, he began to be criticized by his brother and others:
And Eliab, his eldest brother, heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.  And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?  And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
1 Samuel 17:28-30
David could have tried to justify himself to his oldest brother. It was at his father’s command that he had left the sheep and come to bring gifts to his brothers. But even if David had won the argument, he would have lost his opportunity to defeat Goliath.
It was only after he turned from his brother and repeated his statements of faith that someone heard what he said and told Saul, Israel’s king.
You might face opposition, even from family members, when you start communicating what God has put in your heart, but you need to take this stance like David did, saying, “Is there not a cause?” Ask yourself, “Is the thing I want victory over worth fighting for?” If it is, then you have a cause greater than what others think.
Even the king tried to talk David out of what was in his heart: He spoke of David’s inexperience and size compared to Goliath’s. However, this didn’t deter David.
He began to rehearse to King Saul the victories the Lord had given him. Had David not been faithful with the few sheep the Lord had given him to keep on the backside of the desert, he never would have been able to stand up to Goliath. Many want to win against the giants when the grandstands are full, but few will be faithful in the little things God gives them when no one is watching.
David’s faith and confidence in the Lord convinced King Saul to let him represent Israel and go fight Goliath. This was a miracle in itself. If David lost, all the Israelites would become slaves to the Philistines. Saul must have recognized the anointing of God upon David. So, he let David go, but he tried to put his armor on him (1 Samuel 17: 38-39).
This happens all the time. People will tell you your faith in God won’t overcome your giants. But if you persist, then they will try to give you their advice on how to fight the battle. That’s what Saul did. He wanted to give David his armor. But why should David put his faith in Saul’s armor? It hadn’t done anything for Saul. Saul was fearful of Goliath just like all the rest. David was wise to stick with what had already been proven in his life.
Next, David had to endure the mockery of his enemy, Goliath who remarked to him that “Am I a dog that you come to me with stones” He hurled insults at David and told him that he was going to give his flesh to the fowls of the air and beasts of the field (1 Samuel 17: 42 -44).
Don’t think that just because you’re armed with what God has given you that the giants in your life will be intimidated by you. But you’ve got to be bold and stand strong in the face of the enemy, like David did. He told Goliath “Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear and a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel whom you have defied. Today He will deliver you into my hand.” (1 Samuel: 17: 45-47).
But David wasn’t all talk! Look what he did when Goliath approached him:
“David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine”.
1 Samuel 17:48
The Spirit of the Lord was on David; he wasn’t afraid! He rushed towards this giant. You know, your attitude toward your giants will be very telling when it’s time to face them. If you really believe the promises of God, you won’t run from a fight, you will run to it. Do you really believe what God said or not? Are you all talk? The giants are going to test what God has put in you.
Of course, you know the story. David used his sling and a stone to bring the giant down.
But David didn’t stop there:
But there was no sword in the hand of David. [51a] Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith.
1 Samuel 17:50b-51a
You’ve got to pursue your enemies until they can’t come back! If you read the whole story, the Philistines didn’t flee when Goliath first went down. They were at a far distance and didn’t know exactly what had happened. Goliath could have tripped, or maybe he was just wounded and would get back up and win yet. But when David cut off his head and held it up, all doubt was removed, and the enemy fled.
We sometimes just fight our enemies until they go over the hill. They are left to fight us another day. We only fight sickness until it gets to where it’s not too bad, we can live with the rest. But David pursued his enemies until they were destroyed. They could never come back to fight him. First Samuel 30:10-18 is a good example of this, where David pursued the Amalekites until he had recovered all he had lost.
People don’t like to face giants, but David wouldn’t have been a hero if he had slain a midget. The giants in your life are actually great opportunities for God to show Himself strong on your behalf.
David’s victory over Goliath catapulted him into his destiny. Likewise, whatever giant you are facing can become the greatest victory in your life as you stand on God’s Word and overcome it.
- Dr Doug Mamvura is a graduate of Charis Bible School. Feedback: [email protected] or Twitter @dougmamvura