Summary: At some time in every one of our lives, we will have to face a giant. That giant maybe a sin, possibly a challenge, or it might be just a giant step of faith. No matter what that giant is, it will not just go away just because you won’t face it.
Scripture Reference: First Samuel 17:3-11 & 45-47
Preached at Mount Zion Baptist Church on September 2, 2018
Delivered by Rev. John Daniel Johnson
Are you a giant slayer? Have you ever faced a giant in your life? What was it? How did you kill that giant?
You may be thinking that you have never really had to kill any giants, which may be because you never really recognized the giants in your life. Giants are not those circumstances that happen to us, giants are the things that happen in us; that business that you have wanted to start for years, that mission’s trip you never took, that girl you never asked out in high school. All of these things represent the giant that lives within that ultimately we will have to slay if we wish to reach our full potential and be successful.
The famous story of David and Goliath. By most historians calculations Goliath was a giant of a man, around nine feet tall. To give you an idea, he could have probably dunked a basketball with his mouth. The thing however was not that he was big and strong but that he knew it and used it to intimidate and mock his enemies. The story of David and Goliath is a bit of an unusual one because it was very uncommon that two large armies would have a one on one fight to decide who would control an entire territory. It was common practice for small and insignificant disputes, but in order to decide the future of a nation it was unheard of.
The Philistines and Goliath were so confident that no one could defeat him that they were willing to risk everything. They were sure that Goliath’s intimidation factor would win the fight long before it even begun. They were so 100% sure that no one could defeat Goliath that they were willing to risk the future of their nation on it.
The Israelite army had been mocked and tormented all day by Goliath and his army, they had been called weak and stupid, they were called cowards and losers, and then they had to watch this giant come out and make fun of them. In their minds, they had already lost the battle. Their biggest giant was not the nine foot man standing before them taunting them; it was their own mind and self-doubt.
Enter David, a small, weak, insignificant shepherd boy. When David came to the battle all he knew was that there was some big dummy who was presenting an opportunity of a lifetime to the Israelites, so what does he do? He does what any great leader does, he jumps at the opportunity. His brothers told him that he could not do it, he was just a shepherd boy, but they had been telling him that all of his life so it was nothing new to him, all he knew was that he had recently killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands, and if he could do that he could take down this big fool. David was a giant killer long before he met Goliath, each time his own family would tell him that he was an insignificant nothing, he knew that he was an overcomer no matter what, he knew he could defeat any enemy, even Goliath. And so he did, with a sling and a little stone.
What is your giant? Do you have a dream? Have you had fear and self-doubt stand in the way of you taking steps towards your dream? It’s time to kill those giants. Get out your sling, pick up some stones and start being a giant slayer today, the world needs more of them.
Israel's Reaction at the Giant
1. They focused only on the giant. We don’t’ see them praying. We don’t see them calling upon the LORD God to strike down their godless enemies.
No, they simply focused on their problem.
2. They were frozen by fear.
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