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Letters from Home: Facing our giants

By Rev. Ann Mann
annmann@comcast.net

Facing our giants. The Biblical story of David and Goliath is one of the most inspiring stories in all of scripture. With a single stone, a young boy slays a giant. You can read it in 1 Samuel 17.

This story is not just about a boy defeating a giant; it’s about faith, courage, and trusting in God’s power to overcome the seemingly impossible challenges in our lives. How can we face our giants with the same faith and confidence that David had?

We all face giants in our lives, challenges that seem insurmountable. These can be fears, doubts, addictions, financial difficulties, or relational issues. I have been facing a giant I hoped I would never face. The loss of my beloved husband.

I am still learning to live into a future I never imagined. But with every day that passes, I grow stronger. And it is in looking at this beloved story of David and Goliath, I understand how that is possible.

As we read 1 Samuel 17, we see a stark contrast between the fear of the Israelites and the faith of David.
David, a young shepherd, hears Goliath’s taunts and is stirred not by fear but by a desire to defend God’s honor.

David’s faith was built on past victories. He remembered how God helped him defeat a lion and a bear. Reflecting on past victories can strengthen our faith for present challenges. With memory of these past victories, David prepares to face his giant.

David’s preparation is unique. David rejects Saul’s armor, choosing instead five smooth stones and his sling.

How many times have we tried to fight our battles with someone else’s armor?

David tried it that way. But it didn’t work. So, he shrugs off the armor, and chooses the weapon he knows. The weapon God used before. This reminds us about the importance of being authentic and using the resources God has equipped us with. We don’t need to fight our battles with someone else’s tools; we need to trust in what God has given us.

Armed with the right tools, David prepares for the battle ahead. David’s confrontation with Goliath is marked by his bold declaration of faith. He tells Goliath that the battle belongs to the Lord.

This declaration underscores the importance of recognizing that our battles are ultimately God’s battles. David’s act of running toward Goliath instead of away from him demonstrates his unshakable faith in God’s power.

David’s faith was rewarded with victory. David defeats Goliath with a single stone.

This victory was not just David’s; it was a testimony to God’s power. David’s victory brought glory to God and inspired the Israelites.

In our lives, victories over our giants can serve as powerful testimonies to God’s faithfulness and power. So, friend, what giants are we facing?

Whatever they are, remember that like David, we can face our giants with faith and courage. Do what David did. Identify our giants, recall God’s past faithfulness, use the resources He has given us, and step forward in faith. Trust that the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give us victory when facing our giants.

Ann Mann is an Emmy Award winning journalist, now serving as pastor to Barnesville First United Methodist Church. Her email is annmann@comcast.net.

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