27 08 2010

Sometimes it is just overwhelming. Deadlines loom, problems stack up, discouragement grows, and exhaustion sets in. The days crawl by as the battle drags on and on. It seems like the enemy gains strength while you just get tired. The shadows get bigger. The struggle seems more menacing. The answers seem farther away than ever. Giants come in all shapes and sizes. Some show up as family struggles, money concerns, health problems, or work issues. Others poke at our hearts through temptation, worry, frustration, or stress. Everybody’s giant is different, but remarkably similar. Big and scary, our giants intimidate us, isolate us, and make us feel helpless.

But this is where the light of God shines brightest. He tells us in 2 Chronicles 32:7b-8, “Do not be afraid or discouraged…for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”

The giant may loom large, but we are never alone. The giant may snarl and snap, but we can stand secure in the arms of our God. The giant may cast a very long shadow, but our God is bigger and stronger. There is a greater power with us. God isn’t a neutral spectator waiting to see which side might have the advantage. He wades into our hearts, sweeps us into His arms, and promises to fight our battles. He is better than Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor, and the good guy in the white hat all rolled into one. God stands on our side. He is for us. Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Tell that to your giant.

My Jesus Resolution today is to compare the size of my giant with the size of my God. I am not going to let discouragement, frustration, and fear pull my eyes away from the Lord. I am going to hide in His shadow, rely on His love, and keep reminding myself that God is bigger.



2 responses

27 08 2010
karen ohrenberger

I needed this today! Thank you!

27 08 2010
Pat Hall

This was SO timely! My husband has just had two surgeries in the last two months and I was feeling very down and tired. Thanks – your comments always seem to say just what I need.

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