Facing Our Giants
by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
I have faced some giants in my life and lost. I have also faced some giants in my life and fought them with the power of God on my side and won. We all have giants we have to face. We have to valiantly fight them to achieve our goals, whatever those goals may be. But we never have to face those giants alone.
Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. David was a young, simple shepherd, someone who was overlooked by everyone in his life. But then David heard the Philistines, mighty enemies of the Israelites, had approached in battle.
A giant of a man named Goliath led the Philistines. Goliath came mocking the Israelites, mocking God, and offering a deal. If the Israelites could provide a man to kill him, the Philistines would be servants of the Israelites. However, if the Philistines won, the Israelites would serve them. A scary proposition, indeed.
This Goliath was huge, scary, and threatening, and no one wanted to fight him. King Saul had an army of trained men who were warriors, and yet, none of these warriors were willing to go against this giant. And then here comes David. He was willing to fight, but only on his own terms–no armor, no warrior weaponry, only a stone, a slingshot, and the Lord of hosts.
David prevailed over his giant without the support from his family and no confidence from the king. But David knew he didn’t need that, because he went in the power and the name of the Lord of hosts. He knew that the Almighty God would fight this battle for him!
Look at what we’re told in Habakkuk 3:19 in the Amplified Version: “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”
God is our Strength, our personal bravery, and our invincible army. Read that last part again: He is our invincible army! There will always be giants in our lives, but we never have to face those giants in our own power. Jesus Christ is our invincible army. When we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to fight those battles for us, we can face our giants!