Overcoming Fear and Overcoming Giants
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.1 Samuel 17:4-11
When we think of giants, we often think of Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior who challenged the Israelites to a battle in 1 Samuel 17. David, a young shepherd, stepped forward to face Goliath and with the help of God, he was able to defeat the giant and become a hero in the eyes of the Israelites.
But what about our own personal giants? The struggles and fears that we face in our own lives that seem insurmountable. These giants may not be physical like Goliath, but they can be just as intimidating and overwhelming. They may be in the form of addiction, poverty, illness, or relationship issues.
However, just like David, we can overcome these giants with the help of God. In 2 Corinthians 10:4, Paul reminds us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” The verse is saying that the physical weapons we use to fight our battles are not as important as the spiritual weapons that God gives us. These weapons are powerful enough to demolish any stronghold, or giant, that we may be facing.
In Psalm 18:29, David himself declares, “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.” This verse reminds us that with the help of God, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. No matter how daunting or impossible it may seem, with God’s help, we can conquer it.
In Joshua 1:9 ERV, God also says to Joshua, “Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This verse reminds us that God is always with us, and He will never leave us or forsake us. He is the one who gives us the strength and courage to face our giants.
We can see that our battles in life may not be physical giants like Goliath, but they can be just as daunting. Whether it be our own personal struggles or those that we face in our relationships and communities, we can take comfort in knowing that God is always with us. He is our strength and our shield, and He will empower us to overcome any obstacle that comes our way.
As we read in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” This verse reminds us that God is always present and ready to help us in our struggles. He will give us the strength and courage we need to face any challenge that comes our way.
In the same way that David defeated Goliath, we too can defeat our own giants with the help of God. We must remember that our strength comes from Him, and not from ourselves. We must trust in His power and rely on Him to guide us through our battles. So, let us be encouraged and trust in the Lord, for He is with us always.