Fighting Giants

Fighting Giants

In Sunday School at our church, we are studying and discussing 1 and 2 Samuel. We’re taking our time through it, revisiting the familiar Bible stories that we’ve been raised with since children.

A couple of Sundays ago, the story was about David and Goliath. Familiar, right? Ever notice how sometimes the familiar are unfamiliar?  So many things came out during the discussion that one never thinks about during the children’s version that is so familiar but one never thinks about. Or at least I don’t.

Goliath was disrespecting God when he yelled the taunts and challenges to Israel. That is so obvious, right? I never thought of it.

David was already familiar with fighting savage beasts when he took on Goliath. Lions. Bears. Not too many of us would—or could—take on a wild lion and win! Yet he learned early on that the battle is the Lord’s and with God all things are possible. So he didn’t hesitate to turn Goliath over to God. Five stones? God could do it.  I kind of wonder why he bothered picking up five?  God did it with the first one.  Was it a tiny bit of lacking faith that caused him to pick up five?  I don’t know.  But still. I couldn’t have done it with five. God did it with one.

Then David ran forward, grabbed Goliath by the head, and cut his head off. Another approach he probably learned from fighting wild animals. Control the head, you control the body.

I am—as you know—struggling so much. And as you know my faith wavers, struggles, and hits the dirt time and time again.  I wrote a note that Sunday and stuck it in my Bible.

Prayer concerns:

 

  1. My oldest son.
  2. Finances
  3. The trip to Virginia (I’m scared to drive through big cities)
  4. My writing

And a note underneath. “God, the battle is yours. I’m giving it all to you.”

Well, I’m happy to report that God handled number 3. I survived the trip to Virginia and back home.  The other three are still prayer concerns and in fact number 1 and 2 have only gotten worse.  Plus I had to add my other son to the revised list and my oldest daughter.

So the revised note is stuck in my Bible. In the Psalms, one of those sections where David is crying out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Sound familiar? Just as an aside, I wonder if he was prophesying Jesus’ words on the cross, or if Jesus was quoting David then? ) But David went on to praise the Lord for answering prayers and providing for his needs.

I left Sunday school that day with my toes very sore.  If David could trust God with a real live physical giant like Goliath, one who could potentially eradicate the entire population of Israel if given the upper hand, how could I not trust God with my giants?

When I was writing The Christmas Admirer, I think God knew I’d be facing lions and giants of my own this year. I’m still struggling with faith, with trust. My young girls have heard me cry out “Are you even listening to me?” to God. They have more faith than I do. Its so humbling to listen to the trust the girls have when they encourage me that God does hear my prayers and He is listening and He will answer…

So I am hanging on to Hebrews 11:1.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Of Jeremiah 29:11-13.  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Lord, I’m seeking You will all my heart.  And I’m trying to grow my faith. It is rather sobering to know I don’t even have faith the size of a mustard seed.  Hear my cry, oh Lord, and hearken unto me. And to You be the glory,  honor and  praise, forever and ever. Amen.

Are you fighting giants in your life?  What verses do you hold on to?

 

 

 

 

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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Continuing to pray. I didn’t realize you needed prayer for two more children. I will pray for them as well.
    You are using the exact Biblical concept that I use for the giants in my life. The battle belongs to God. Together, we will praise Him!

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Laura, you are so sweet and you lay your heart bare for us. I’ll pray for you and your concerns. Thank you for sharing. I was thinking about some of your points about David. I just think David was being smart by taking 5 stones. He probably always took five stones whenever he fought giant lions or bears. He wasn’t stupid, he knew he might need more than one! And he wasn’t going to take God for granted, he was prepared to “fight”. He knew God would help, the battle belonged to God, but David knew he was the one who would have to swing that slingshot. He probably practiced a lot too, while the sheep were grazing. He never said, “I don’t have to be prepared or practice because God will help me!” It’s a perfect example of what we should do too. Be prepared, be smart, and trust God.
    Anyway, thanks for your post. I truly appreciate your honesty and transparency. I pray that God blesses you with answered prayer.

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