Whenever most people think of giant tales they are quickly reminded of the children’s classic Jack and the Beanstalk. When I think of giant tales the first story that comes to mind is the epic battle of David and Goliath.
One story is…well, just a story. The other is an actual event recorded in history and Scripture that has gone on to inspire billion’s of people.
I was immediately fascinated as a child the first time my mom read the famous account from First Samuel chapter seventeen. In fact, the first message I ever preached was “David and Goliath.” I was in fifth grade. I represented the Christian school (Christian Challenge Academy) I attended in a regional competition. I didn’t win. In fact, I don’t even think I placed…but I have since gone on to preach it over and over and over and over.
1 Samuel 17:16 (NLT) says, For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.
Goliath isn’t just a giant. He’s a bully. He taunted Israel for forty days practically begging for someone to fight him.
Have you ever been bullied? It’s no fun is it?! I’m sure the army of Israel wasn’t too excited about Goliath’s daily speech. I remember dreading gym class in seventh grade because I knew I was going to get pounded by the class bully. It never failed, every single day this jerk, I mean friend, would give me a “Charlie Horse” in the arm! You know what I said to him? Nothing. You know what I did about it? Nothing!
You know what Israel did about the big Philistine? Nada.
Enter day 41.
David decided to do something. Against nearly impossible odds he rose to the occasion and slew Goliath. David’s victory not only benefited him personally, but saved an entire nation.
Day forty-one arrived.
What giant is has been taunting you the last forty days? What giant is standing in your way? Don’t remain stuck on day forty. Forty-one can come if you trust God and respond the right way.
“Fee-fi-fo-fum…uh-oh, I’m about to get some!” should be what your giant is thinking right now.
Enter day 41.
What’s that sound? Your giant hitting the ground.
On the Rock,