Have you ever seen a giant, or perhaps you’ve heard it noised about the camp that “there be giants in the land”? Let me tell you, it is all too true. There are giants out there, and they will get you if you don’t watch out.
I rather think that the giants I see might not be the same ones you see, but they are giants just the same, and I’m afraid that I have run away from the ones I’ve met more than once, instead of standing my ground bravely like I ought to have.
Most people would never guess it, but I am afraid of a lot of things. New things that take me too far out of “comfort zone” might as well be a smoke signal to Giants 12 feet tall or more to come after me, and while they come in different shapes and forms, they all have the same name. It’s “Fear”.
Fear has kept me from doing things I’ve always wanted to do. He’s kept me from doing things I should have done, and I’ve even done some things that I wish I wouldn’t have just because I saw Fear looking at me and I thought it’d be better to do anything than face him again in a battle.
What I don’t always remember is that Fear is really just a paper giant. He is no stronger than how much I let him control me, and that is the way it is with every giant we meet in life. Giants can’t get their darts through the Shield of Faith or the Helmet of Salvation, and they don’t hold up to “all-prayer” and the Sword of the Spirit. In fact, Trust in God and Faith are two things that they themselves fear, and prayer to God makes even the greatest giants to tremble. It’s just that with no armor for our backs, it’s a sure victory for the giants when we turn to run.
God’s word gives us battle plans straight from the Greatest General to conquer every giant we might face in this life and Fear in all his different forms is as good as dead if I study the plans and act upon them. As He promised, “Perfect Love casts out Fear”. And those who keep their minds stayed on Him will have perfect peace, no matter what kind of Fear- or any other Giant- is staring them down.
It can be wearying, fighting of the Giant Fear all the time, but “ they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. Therefore shall not we fear though the earth be removed...”
It isn’t a “maybe” or a “might”, it’s all “shall”, and “will”. There’s no uncertainty that there’ll be victory- as long as we trust.
I may indeed be “Much-Afraid” of many things in life. I may have crooked feet that stumble on the mountains sometimes when I try to climb, but “Who is God save our God, and who is a rock, save our Rock? He maketh my feet like hind’s feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”
It’s true. No giant’s too big, no feet too stumbling. Just take His Word for it- the One who has by His death conquered all Fear, and given us the tools for Victory over all the Giants in our lives.