Bigger Than Giants
by Stephanie Olson, Co-Founder Set Me Free Ministries
Christmas is over. For some of you, it was a wonderful time–a time celebrating the birth of our Savior, a time spent with family and friends, a time eating way too much food. For some of you, however, it was a deeply intense time of pain and angst. There are those of you who lost loved ones during this time, those of you who aren’t with your children and so desperately desire to be, and those of you who are fighting torment in your soul because you don’t know how to allow God to take it.
Wherever you find yourself during this time, we all face a new year together. As I was spending time in prayer and reading the Word in Numbers this week, I found myself anxious about what 2011 would bring. Once again, I was taking on worries that I knew I shouldn’t be taking on. I have seen God do amazing things in my life and in this ministry. Yet, I can so easily forget the Sovereignty of God and try to take on what I clearly need to simply lay down before Him.
When my circumstances don’t seem to line up the way I want them to or, worse, it looks like things are absolutely unraveling, I tend to panic (or at least be very unsettled). When God’s timing is not my timing, I tend to want to control things. And when I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I tend to doubt. As I recognized my doubt and fear, I prayed the prayer of the father who wanted Jesus to heal his boy in Mark 9:14-29. “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” (vs. 24)
As I read on in the Word, I went to my next chapter, which was Numbers 13. Moses and the Israelites were told by the Lord to send spies into the land of Canaan, the Promised Land that the Lord was giving to them. The Israelite leaders did as they were told and brought back the report, saying, “It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak [giants] there.” The Israelites were too fearful to go into the land the Lord had already promised them.
But two men, Caleb and Joshua, trusted the Lord. Caleb tells them, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it (vs. 30).… If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey (14:8).” Caleb and Joshua recognized that with the Lord on their side, no one, not even giants, could defeat them.
I don’t know what your giants are as you walk into the year 2011, but let me assure you that they are not bigger than our God. Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” He has already overcome! Don’t look to your circumstances or your trials or your broken heart. Look to Jesus! We will have those trials and sorrows, no doubt. But with Jesus on our side, no giant can defeat us. 2011, here we come … with Jesus walking before us!