Watch Out for the Giants

by Dianne Barker

If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14:8 NIV

Giants! They’re everywhere! Have you encountered any in your neighborhood? Have these intimating brutes harassed you lately?

You should’ve seen the two ogres that hurled me to the ground, knocking all hope right out of me. Doubt pinned me down while his buddy, Unbelief, pummeled me while a cluster of their wicked brothers (Fear, Worry, Discouragement, and Despair), cheered. Satisfied, they linked arms and hobbled away, leaving me for dead. But they didn’t count on my resilience. They didn’t know about my secret resources.

Although I’ve never brawled with a real giant, emotional giants stalk and badger my every step. They’re relentless, bent on sidetracking me. Not long ago, they launched a surprise attack to convince me nothing God promised would actually happen and that no sensible person would keep on believing in him.

Resilience—a gift from our Creator—lifted me to my feet and hurried me on to my secret resources: the promises of God. I stopped here first: “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand…For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?’” (Isaiah 14:24, 27 NIV).

Then here: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53 NIV). Twelve legions of angels…enough to squash an army of giants.

I remembered how close the Israelites came to taking possession of the land of Canaan, the inheritance God had promised. Moses sent twelve men to spy out the region and report back. They found a land flowing with milk and honey, as God had said. But the inhabitants were like giants, strong and fearsome.

The report: “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13:33b NIV).

All the congregation murmured against Moses and his brother Aaron. “Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” (Numbers 14:3 NIV).

Joshua and Caleb tried to abort the ground-swell of negative opinion. “If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them” (Numbers 14:8-9 NIV).

“But the whole assembly talked about stoning them” (Numbers 14:10a NIV). For their unbelief, the Israelites spent forty years wandering in the wilderness.

Has God given a personal promise for your life, but then your high hopes crumbled when the journey took unexpected turns? Perhaps giants moved in, powerful and menacing, their formidable size and incessant chatter shouting, “Give up! No sensible person would keep on believing.”

They aren’t counting on your resilience. They don’t know about your secret resources.

Run to Jesus and grab hold of his promises! He planned your path. Let him battle the giants. Who knows how close you might be to seeing his promise fulfilled?

About the author: Dianne Barker is the author of eleven books including the 1986 bestseller Twice Pardoned. Her other books include: I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! and Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ. A former news and feature writer and columnist for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, she hosts a weekly program “At the Library” on WHCB Radio, Bristol, Tennessee. Dianne speaks for women’s conferences and retreats about marriage, parenting, relationships, organization, and maximum living. She’s a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries. She’s been married to her high-school sweetheart, James, for 57 years. They live in Tennessee, and have two married children and two grandchildren. Visit

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