The thing about dead giants
Do you have any giants you are facing these days? You know the kind of giants that take a really brave warrior, some smooth stones and a Lord that goes before you? My friend Bo does, the giant she faces is huge and daunting and the book she wrote, Beautiful Battlefields, will tell you all about the battles she’s faced and the battles others have been through when facing giants.
So, I started my list of the biggest giants I am facing now and realized I was listing DEAD GIANTS. The thing about dead giants is they have been defeated. The risk is you may try to keep them alive.
Letting the dead giant be dead is a real unforeseen battle you will face when you take down the giant. You see its easy to want to keep the giant you killed alive because somehow it brought you comfort. Isn’t that ridiculous? Somehow the giants you face can become like familiar family members. In a way it was even nice to have them around at times because you have come to rely on them. Giants are faithful to destroy you and when that is happening sometimes they can become the only thing that is sure in your life and then when they are gone you are at a loss for what to fight. You might even start to think the giant has come back from the dead and the fear of the giant will stop you in your tracks but it’s a familiar feeling and its what you’ve known.
Let the dead giant be dead.
Once a giant goes down in The Lord’s battle, it’s a done deal. No more giant. The battle is won, once and for all, IF it’s The Lord’s battle. David said in 1 Samuel 17, “For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.” When the enemy has been defeated at The Lord’s hand, it is no longer your GIANT. The giant is dead. Don’t carry it around.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 1 Samuel 34-36
If you know my story, you know my BIG GIANTS. I’ve taken on some Bears and Lions of my own. So, when your past is filled with dead giants you come up against some quiet, deceiving, crafty little giants that sit in the corner and stare you down. They don’t do much damage that is visible to the eye but they wreck havoc in your soul and hold on for dear life. Today I share with you 1 VERY REAL giant I’m facing today.
Living a life of insignificance.
What if after years of fighting giants that were set on taking my life, I spent so much time and resources that I’ve lost too much time to fulfill my purposes? What if at the end of my years I look back and find disappointment? What if I never write that book or what if I’ve missed my opportunity to live out my passions? What if I don’t find my God given purpose and what if I don’t fulfill the purposes for which I was put here on the earth?
Pathetic, I know. A giant slayer who now wonders if she’ll ever be something great? I know how to take on the big giants and I’m guessing taking on the little ones that hang out in the corner of my life can be taken out the same way (REVELATION! Maybe I’ll try that!)
Do you wanna know how God is bigger then that giant?
If the Lord had the power to deliver you from one giant, he will deliver you from the next!
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:37
The Lord orders my steps because I delight in Him. Steps take you places. Places are where I want to go and if God orders them then I won’t be disappointed in the destination.
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.Psalm 37:23 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. Psalm 85:13 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? Proverbs 20:34
If I trust God, I trust his steps.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
He knows and that is good enough for me.