Are you facing a giant today? In the Bible, you will find the story in Numbers Chapter 13, verses 26 to 33, twelve men were sent out from the Israelites to explore the land of Canaan, which God had promised them as their inheritance. Twelve men were sent out, but only two were confident that they could take the land. Ten men were afraid of the people they saw there, called the Nephilim, and who seemed like giants because they were very tall! They said to Moses and Aaron, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them!”
If we abandon our faith in God and turn away from our problems, then we easily put ourselves in a position to be swallowed up by what was meant for our growth.
In the New Testament, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 2 verses 1 to 5, Paul speaks to the church in Corinth, and in this passage and elsewhere, he and others present to us two kinds of Christian experience, both are equally valid and necessary. On the one hand, there are such strong, almost boastful affirmations, for example, “God…always leads us in triumph in Christ!” or “To me to live is Christ!” and “I can do all things in Him that strengthens me!” Yet, on the other hand, Paul, and others, with equal truth, write that they have had to confess “We despaired even of life!”, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am the worst!” and “We also are weak in Him!”
This seems to be another kind of Christian! Faulty, frail, fearful, and alarmingly lacking in confidence. But in fact, the real life of a child of God consists in the co-existence of these two experiences. We would all prefer, of course, to concentrate on the first, and forget the other, but to know them both is to know Him who is our loving Heavenly Father, our God, however we feel…and we can know and rely on His strength, whatever we are going through.
The trials we experience, and there may be one confronting you at this very moment, may be quite as gigantic as were some of the Canaanites, but God intends to use them for our good, and on our way to our destination in heaven, where they will be no more, they will bring us closer to Jesus as we rely on His strength and not our own. I don’t know about you, but not having to rely on my own strength is a great relief! I am weak but God is strong! Amen!
Whatever you are facing today, turn to God, be honest and tell Him how you feel…He loves that! Be still, and know that He is in control and that He loves you very much. He wants the very best for you – He is the perfect Father and He is bigger than all our giants! I pray you will know His peace in the coming days. God bless you.