Summary: This was a sermon delivered the week after i gave my resignation. Its purpose was to encourage the congregation to keep their eyes on Christ and not get discouraged.
Note: The illustrations used are not my own, they were all found at sermoncentral.com
Facing Your Giants
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:32-37 Pew Bibles: 281
And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. "It’s dark in there and I’m scared." She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, "It’s OK--Jesus will be in there with you." Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came, and he said: "Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?"
Have you ever been afraid of something, afraid of the dark, afraid of spiders or snakes. We’ve all been afraid of something at some point in our lives. Sometimes it is the future that we are afraid of and sometimes it is the past; sometimes we don’t even know what we are afraid of, we are just afraid.
Two gas company service men, a senior training Supervisor and a young trainee were out checking meters and parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked there way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two
men as they checked her gas meter. As they finished the meter check the older supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck.
As they came running up to the truck, they realized that the lady from the last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong. Gasping for breath she said, "When I see two gas men running full speed away from my house, I figured I had better run too."
The amazing thing about fear is that even groundless, fake fear can paralyze us and render us completely useless to God. Perhaps the uncertainty of what tomorrow may hold has caused you to be wrapped up in fear today, or maybe you are afraid of something else.
This morning we are going to look at what is probably the most famous story from the Old Testament, the story of David and Goliath and I believe we will find hope in this story that we can hold on to when we face our giants today.