Preparing to preach on David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), I asked myself the question, “What are the giants that people face today?” I came up with a list of the usual suspects–worries about health, finances, future, relationships, job, raising children, aging parents, etc. Then I started thinking, “How do I face my own giants?”
My Goliath stands between me and success in ministry. He tries to get me to doubt myself or turn and attack those who did not choose me or slighted me in some way. I face my giants of rejection, discouragement, and disappointment at every turn. He whispers I’m not qualified, gifted, or wanted. He tells me to give up and not try rather than fail and be disappointed. He tells me I’m not adequate or worthy.
But like David explaining his qualifications to King Saul, I am reminded that God uniquely created me, gifted me, and wired me with the right personality, passion, style, and temperament. He has made me competent. God blessed me with enough education and broad experience. He granted me unique experiences which shaped my perspective and philosophy. God has given me enough success to develop confidence, and yet enough failure to develop humility and brokenness. My challenges and experiences have taught me to depend on him for strength and power. He called me, prepared me, and placed me where he wants me. He also placed much needed giants in my path to test me and teach me to rely on him for deliverance.
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” (Psalm 113:2-3)