by Janet Perez Eckles
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Job 1:6-7 NIV
Did he say the earth? Gulp. Friend, you and I are on that same earth on which he roams. And we need to watch out because “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV).
He’s probably licking his lips, staring at us. And when we’re alone, seated on our bed of self-pity, surrounded by walls of gloom, lamenting our impossible situations, we become more appetizing. We’re more appealing because we’re weighed down by negativity. And we’re weakened by moments of hopelessness.
I’ve been there. And unaware of what an inviting prey I was, I was soon to be his spiritual lunch.
The giant I faced towered over me, reminding me of my frailty, whispering I was defenseless.
That’s the place the enemy wants us, mired in defeat and deceived in thinking that victory will only come when the impossible problem would be removed.
David faced that kind of giant. And like you and I, David probably had to shoo off the enemy’s lies: that problem is too big, destruction is inevitable, the pain will be fierce, or you are doomed to lose. The enemy also presented opposition from all sides: his brothers doubted David’s abilities, King Saul scratched his head in bewilderment, and when Goliath saw David’s size, he laughed.
But God smiled … and prompted David to shed the armor King Saul had given him.
The metals and chains were way too cumbersome for his thin body. Armed with a simple slingshot and a handful of stones, He trusted in a power outside himself: the faithful competence of the Living God.
Have you faced a giant looming over you? One that mocks your courage and laughs at your faith? The lies that say your 2-inch faith is no match for the 9-foot giant of impossibilities? The deception that promises you’ll never see relief, healing or triumph?
We’ve all faced that at one time or another. And in desperation we mistakenly slip on the wrong kind of armor—our own abilities, wisdom, and solutions. But as we drag ourselves toward the battlefield, we find that human armor hinders us. It’s too heavy with pride.
That’s when you and I do what David did. We shed that wrong armor and pull out our best weapon instead. It’s the gigantic love God has for us that must fuel our courage. That’s why 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” (1 Samuel 17: 45 NIV).
Did you read that? The God David spoke about is not just any god. He’s the Lord almighty, creator of the universe, and immensely powerful.
Troubles can come from all sides bearing the sword of anguish, the spear of anxiety and the javelin of fear. But you and I come in the name of the Lord–with confidence, with resolve and trust that through Christ, the victory is already won.
And holding the smooth stones of faith, bearing the spiritual weapon of God’s faithfulness, we can face any giant of impossibility in the name of the Lord.
I had to make that choice. When my son was killed, I heard the lie that I would never find peace again. But the giant’s lies are no match for God’s truth, that God’s restoring power could heal that which seared, restore what was broken, and defeat the giant who threatened my peace.
To us, our problems can seem gigantic, but to God they are minuscule. They’re big when we see them with human eyes. They shrink when we see them through Christ’s eyes. And as we gaze at our problem we have a choice: either to live hoping for blessings, or to bless the hope we already have in Christ.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV
About the author: Blindness tried to darken her life, but Janet Perez Eckles became an international speaker, best-selling author, personal success coach, radio host and best playmate to her grandchildren. Her books include Contagious Courage: a Thirty Day Journey to Overcoming Stress and Anxiety and Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta. You can learn more about Janet at www.janetperezeckles.com.
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