David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)
Will you look at that? Will I look at what? Will you look at that giant problem that is just ahead of me? So what? What do you mean by saying, so what? I will never be able to overcome that giant problem. Why do you say that? I say that because it is the obvious truth. It’s way too big for me. Yes, it is. Now you are agreeing with me? I am agreeing with you, only in part. What part of this problem are you agreeing with me? I am agreeing with you that you will not be able to overcome this giant problem alone, all by yourself. You have properly assessed the size of the problem. It is a giant one. Yes, it is. What part of this problem are you not agreeing with me? You want to run from this problem. You want to go around this problem. You would do almost anything to simply avoid this problem. Well, that’s certainly true. I don’t want to be crushed by this problem. Nor do I want you to be crushed by this problem. What do you suggest? That is one of the first good things you have thought and said about this problem. I’m not following what you are saying. You are asking for my help, are you not? Yes, I am asking for your helping. That’s very good.
I want you to think differently about giant problems. How so? You view a giant problem as something that should be avoided at all costs. Yes, I do. You are fearful when you are faced with a giant problem. Yes, I am. You become discouraged and depressed and despondent in the face of a giant problem. That’s right. Do you know why that is? No, I don’t. You think that you need to face your giant problems by yourself, with your own efforts. You think that you are all alone in your battle against giant problems. That is exactly what I think. Your thinking is incorrect. Your thinking needs to change. How so? You need to think about what is true. What is true? I am with you. I will help you. I will fight in you, with you, for you and through you. I will lead you in victory over the giant problems you will face in life. Giant problems are an opportunity for you to rely on me. Giant problems are an opportunity for you to draw closer to me. Giant problems are am opportunity for you to know me better as you allow me to lead you in victory. Will you rely on me as I lead you in victory over giant problems you will face in life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I know I am not alone. You are with me to help me. You give me all I need to fight battles against giants in life. I will put all my faith in you. I will rely on your help. Thank you for giving me victory over giants. Amen
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