The Only Way to Deal with a Giant

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013

 

As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
—1 Samuel 17:48

Goliath looked like a formidable giant on the battlefield. But consider this: he wasn’t always a giant. Goliath was a man after all, which means that he once was a baby. (He must have been a beast of a baby!) With the passing of time, he became a toddler. The toddler became a child. The child became a teen. The teen became a man. And in time, he became a giant of a man.

The giants in our lives usually start out small too. Often they begin with an attitude that says, I can handle this. It is just a drink here and there. It is just having one with the guys after work. It is just a glass of wine with Italian food. Then, after a while, it is a drink to unwind at the end of a long day. Then it is having a drink in the morning. Pretty soon, it is not being able to get through the day without a drink. People who don’t plan on ending up this way end up this way.

Like Goliath, our giants start small, and they get big. That little area we thought we had control of now has control of us. That little thing that once was a pest has now become a relentless giant, and we don’t know how to defeat it. We don’t know how to bring it down.

The problem is that if we tolerate a giant, he will take over our territory. He will come right up on our doorstep. How do we deal with that? We don’t negotiate with him. We don’t yell at him. We don’t run from him. We attack and kill him. That is how to deal with a giant.

In God’s strength, David defeated his giant. And so can you.

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