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giant man April 15 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading (NIV) or alternate versions (use your browser arrow to return): 1Samuel 17; Psalm 144

Facing Giant Challenges

Facing the Giants was the title of the #1 Christian movie in 2006, directed by Alex Kendrick. The story centers on the struggle of a coach, Grant Taylor, his wife, and his football team to face the “giants” in their lives. These giants were a losing streak, financial difficulties, the inability to have children, lack of respect, self-doubt, and the Giants' football team with Bobby Lee, their big bully football coach. What are the giants in our lives? Are they financial? Impossible tasks? Self-doubt? Fear? Inabilities? A big bully? How will we face them—with fear or faith?

In today's Bible reading Saul is king over Israel. He does not follow God's commands completely, however, so David, a lowly shepherd boy, is secretly chosen to succeed him. He is a man after God's own heart (1Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).Since he is talented at playing the harp, well-liked, brave with the heart of a warrior, and the LORD is with him, Saul chooses David to come and play before him whenever an evil spirit plagues him. Providentially, this allows David to understand some of the roles of the king.

Israel's enemy after Saul's defeat of the Amalekites is once again the Philistines, a maritime Mediterranean coastal nation. Every day their champion comes forward from the battle line. He is Goliath, a giant warrior over nine feet tall! All Israel is afraid of him.

One day David's father sends him to take food for his brothers and their commanders. He is also instructed to check on his brothers and report about the conflict with the Philistines. At the battle line, David hears Goliath's daily defiance against Israel and his God.

David is angry that this Philistine defies their Almighty God and no one challenges him. His godly zeal is reported to King Saul. When he is brought before the king, this young man declares he will fight this Philistine. Saul is doubtful of David's success because he is so young and inexperienced.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” (1Samuel 17:34-37a, NIV).

David has great faith in God. He rehearses what the LORD has done for him in the past and this gives him confidence for the future. What good things has God done for us? He is the Almighty God and he can help us conquer the present giants of our lives. We can trust and depend on him.

Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you” (1Samuel 17:37b, NIV). Then Saul outfits David with his personal armor, but David chooses not to wear it because he isn't used to it. Instead, David runs to meet Goliath at the battle line with faith, a sling and five smooth stones. David is not intimidated by Goliath. The giant relies on his massive size and his sword, but this young man relies on the massive power of God. Like David, we do not need to let our giants intimidate us—God is bigger than our challenges.

Psalm 144 is said to have been written about David and his confrontation with Goliath. The writer (perhaps David himself) says,

Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples.... Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. (Psalm 144:1-2, 11, NIV)

Those who don't know God may be deceitful and discourage us with lies. Let's not let them cast doubt on the ability of God to help us. “Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 144:15, NIV).

One of the reasons we face impossible situations or difficult tasks is so that God might be glorified. If our tasks are always easy, we think we do not need him, and he is not esteemed. Do we seek God's glory when we face the giants of our lives, or do we try to do the impossible alone without him? If we seek him as we face our battles, he will help us.

Biblical faith is not just the right words spoken at the right time. Anybody can do that. Faith results in action. If we have faith in God and engage the enemy or other challenges, he can help us overcome our greatest obstacles. Notice what David does in battle with Goliath:

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him (1Samuel 17:48-50, NIV).

David, by all appearance is small, weak, and laughable to his enemies, yet this young man has faith in God and desires to bring him glory. He puts action to his faith. If we bring action to our faith, we may still have some fear, but God will help us overcome obstacles.

Lessons to Live By

•  To face the giants in our life we need faith. Have we placed our trust in God to save us? (more...)

•  What good things has God done for us? He is the Almighty God and he can help us conquer the present giants of our lives. We can trust and depend on him.

• We do not need to let our giants intimidate us—God is bigger than our challenges.

• Those who don't know God may be deceitful and discourage us with lies. Let's not let them cast doubt on the ability of God to deliver us.

• One reason we face impossible situations or difficult tasks is so that God might be glorified.

• Faith results in action. If we have faith in God and engage the enemy or other challenges, he can help us overcome our greatest obstacles.

•  God will help us overcome obstacles.

Focus Verse

1John 5:4 (NIV) “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

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A Look Ahead: Faith in God brings victories, but others might be jealous of our success. In our Next Lesson we look at The Monster of Jealousy— how to defeat it. Join us!

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