Recently as I have listened to the radio I have been touched by the songs about giants. Songs that speak to the heart of our fears. Lyrics that touchdown in the center of our hearts. Giving a voice to the places of unsettling, insecurity, fear. Deep inside, the place that keeps our feet from moving and our hands from serving.
Do you remember the story of David? A boy with faith to conquer fears. David did not hesitate. David did not question God’s faithfulness or that He was good. Boldly, David approached fear. Take a minute to read, to sit with God’s story through David…
1 Samuel 17
32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”
33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! NLT
What are you facing today? Is there a giant in front of you? Are you trembling or trusting that God is able, that God is good?
Even in our fears, God’s story can shine. Even in our moments of struggle, God will shine His light.
Many years ago when I was on a mission trip I stood in front of a sea of teenage eyes. Fear welled in my throat. Every part of me wanted to run, wanted to find a place of safety. Yet I knew God was good. I knew God was good to me. He would not let the fear suffocate me. God would not let my past consume me. With shaky hands, I stood in front of that group that day. I told them my story, the story God was writing in and through me. Shame could have consumed me. However, God shined His glory through my dark times. I was changed. I was not the same young girl cutting her arms day after day. No, I was free. Fear had no place. The enemy wanted me to stay in fear yet God had something better for me.
I don’t know that I touched any hearts that day. But I know God did. God touched my heart and reminded me that He is good. He is good to me.
Friends, God is good to you too. Do you see it? Let the giants be defeated. God has something better, the best for you.
Every experience we have can be a victory for God if we surrender ourselves to Him. He can take our fears and replace them with faith and use us to bring glory to Himself.