I recently finished listening to Max Lucado's “Facing Your Giants” and I was struck by new ideas that he presented that I wasn't even aware of. David was a man after God's own heart. He was the youngest of his family and was not even presented to Samuel when God commanded him to anoint the next king of Israel. Samuel viewed the outward appearance as the key determinant in the selection process, and God loving pointed Samuel in the direction of the inward aspect as the most important.
David slayed his ten-thousands and Saul his thousands. David took down Goliath with 1 stone when the armies of Israel were afraid to fight. David commited adultery and murder. His house fell apart because of his sins – beware your sins will find you out. David neglected his family and had many wives and concubines. . . and yet he was a man after God's own heart.
David was certainly not perfect and his giants seemed to loom over him for many years, but still he longed for God's sweet whisperings. In Psalm 46:10 it says, “Be still and know that I am God”. How often do we let the “giants” of our world walk around yelling and screaming at us, defaming our name and the name of God and yet we do nothing? Sometimes our “giants” are hidden – the hidden obsession with alcohol or pornography that drive marriages apart. Sometimes our hearts are hardened and our giants have influenced every part of who we are; however, in the end, our “giants” can be slain by the one, true God.
David was an ordinary human being whom God chose to build His kingdom around and despite all of his “giants” and missteps God called David “a man after his own heart”. If David mis-stepped like this and God still loved him, don't you think there is hope for each of us.
Today, as you ponder the comings and goings of your busy schedules, think about the “giants” that terrorize your life and know that God can defeat them. By ourselves we are helpless, but with God we are mighty.
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