Slaying Giants

Posted on May 05 , 2014 in Faith

Slaying Giants

© By Brad L Hodges

1 Chronicles 20:4-8

4 After this, war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, a descendant of the giants, and so the Philistines were subdued.
5 During another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath of Gath. The handle of Lahmi’s spear was as thick as a weaver’s beam!
6 In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants.
7 But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea.
8 These Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them.

Most of us are familiar with the story of David killing the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 but as you can see from the above verses in Chronicles David and his warriors faced many other giants.

How is it that David and his army were able to face such overwhelming enemies time and time again and come out victorious?

The answer is both simple but made complex if we don’t adhere to it and it has very real contemporary analogies; faith in God.

While we may not face real human giants in battle any longer we nevertheless face giants we must slay every day.

The giants we face are not named Goliath, Saph, Lahmi or have six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot but they are named temptation, addiction, fear and have many variations of such in each life situation and individual battle against it.

Each new dawn we get up and consciously or unconsciously prepare to battle the giants in our lives.

At work we may be tempted to lie, cheat or betray in order to get ahead on the corporate ladder.

In order to cope with the challenges and pressures of modern life we may turn to alcohol, drugs or illicit sex to dim the acuteness of the assaults we face.

We may be afraid of or intimidated by authority figures in our lives, panicked in situations that take us out of our comfort zones or just scared of the unknown and unseen enemies we may yet encounter in the course of a day and night.

These forces are all very real giants that we face and somehow must slay in order to persevere and move forward.

How do we win our wars with the giants in our lives?

In the same way David and his armies won wars with real giants; by faith in the Almighty God to be the battle genius that prepares the best course of attack and who leads the way with His awesome power.

If we are abiding in Christ at all times we have already won the war and we have nothing to fear when we encounter the giant obstacles in our way to victory.

The battles we face with Christ at our side will make us stronger warriors against our giants;

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us – Romans 5:3-5

Waiting for Christ to lead the battle charge against our giants will make us David-like against our Goliath’s;

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31.

And we will win and win big with Christ as our general as we fight the giants;

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us – Romans 8:37.

Slaying giants is as attainable now as it was in David’s time. While the giants may have different faces they are the same threat to achieving peace in our lives. Abide in Christ, have faith in God, prepare for battle with prayer, Bible study and fellowship with your comrade warriors and you will become a giant slayer.

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