Growing up, my greatest all time Bible story was the story of David and Goliath, am sure its a story treasured by all and told to many generations. For me the story of a shepherd boy who had this great courage was just amazing! He’d killed a bear and a lion with his bear hands, what more of this big giant who defied the armies of the God of Israel? I could visualize it (I still do) and imagine David being really small and Goliath being this huge giant that could kill David with one single blow! However, this young boy gathers courage, packs his sling with its bullets which in those days was three smooth stones. No wonder Goliath looked at David and felt insulted! I mean he was expecting someone his own size, so when David stepped up, Goliath laughed and he knew this was an easy fight.
David takes the centre stage, and with just one stone, he hits Goliath in the middle of his head and the big giant is slayed by a tiny boy who had faith in God. As a child the story ended there, David was a hero and in some Bible pictorials, David is carried away while the rest are celebrating and giving Glory to God for defeating their no. 1 enemy, the Philistines. However the story continues, after Goliath fell, David didn’t just leave him there, he took his sword and cut off his head, seems gross right? Why didn’t David just leave him lying on the ground? why chop off his head and he’s already dead? Well, this giant was supposed to be dead, and David didn’t want to take any chances, what if he was just unconscious from the hit? what if he would rise again? hence the need for David for finish him off completely!
What giants has the Lord asked you to kill (not physical) and finish them off, but all you’ve done is hit them, they are left weak, but later on they seem to be rising again? Why don’t we kill our giants as we are supposed to do? why do we become lenient with what is supposed to be finished? why do we compromise yet we know the rules? sooner or later, the giant that we were supposed to slay, is consuming us and for some of us, our giants have killed us.
What giant are you facing? is it alcoholism? is it drugs? is it fear? is it adultery? is it stealing? is it masturbation? is it the love of money and the pleasures of this world? Truth be told, we all go through different giants, and none is the same, unfortunately for some of us, we always imagine the lives of other people as perfect, yet we have absolutely no idea what giants they maybe facing. If by any chance we were to trade our lives for those whom we admire, I kid you not, we wouldn’t even be able to hack 24hours into their lives, why? because each and everyone of us has being given a certain amount of grace by God to overcome each and every giant that comes our way. What may seem easy to you, may not be for someone else!
We go wrong when we let the giant over power us instead of cutting its head once and for all. God’s desire for each and every one of us is that we may overcome our weaknesses, such that we no longer have the desire and craving of what made us fall into sin, instead our passion and desire to know God more overcomes our fleshly desires. I sometimes ask myself this question, “what makes God smile?” what is the one thing that gives God great joy? Obedience! 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV) But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. Obedience is better than sacrifice! When we obey God, when we obey His commands, when we do what He has called us to do, He smiles because He is happy with us.
Both the old and the young should ask themselves this question, ‘have I allowed the giant to slay me? or have I slayed the giant?’ Jonah disobeyed God and ran away from Him, he thought He wouldn’t see God again, He thought God was done with him, but no! Jonah’s giant was Nineveh, He was to tell the people to repent, but he didn’t. He thought by running away from his responsibilities that it was over! Just like Jonah, even when we run away from our giants, that doesn’t mean that they have left us, if we don’t deal with them, they will come back. God still used Jonah and took him back to the city which He wanted him to preach to and the people of Nineveh repented! what does this mean? The Word of God doesn’t come back empty handed, it must accomplish that which it was called to do. It may take time before it comes, but delay doesn’t mean denial, take a look at these men of God. Joseph waited 13yrs, Abraham waited 25yrs, Moses waited 40yrs and Jesus the Son of God waited 30yrs, If God is making you wait, you’re in good company!
Its not yet over until God says it is! He’s the big boss, and guess what, He loves you and has compassion over you. He wants to finish the giants in your life, all you have to do is obey Him and believe in Him. Remember, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Don’t just be a slay queen/king! but rather slay the giants that are making you fall!!