How big is your God?
by Carol Yasin
Recently, I was having a chit chat with my daughter. She was singing a song ” My God is so big, so strong and so mighty….”. I stopped her and asked, “How big is God?”. Her reply was “He is so big that He filled my heart.” This paved a way for me to ponder on that more – If our heart is only focussed on Him, leaving no way for anything, then we will be seeing Him alone and not on our problems.
When our focus is on Him, we don’t worry about the size of our obstacle or opponent.
Now turn to 1 Samuel 17 with me.
“Then said David to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield; but, I come to you in the Name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand—and I will smite you and take your head from you and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth—that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel’.” I Samuel 17:45-47
9’9” tall -That’s how tall Goliath, the Philistine’s champion stood in stocking feet (v.4). Talk about an imposing figure! No wonder Saul and the soldiers “were dismayed and greatly afraid” (v.11). Like the 10 spies who outvoted Joshua and Caleb after scouting out the Promised Land and said “We were as grasshoppers in our own sight and theirs” (Num. 13:33),so were the king and his cowardice men.
Yes, for 40 mornings and evenings the behemoth had stood there on one side of the valley, crying “In the valley of G-O-L-I-A-T-H I defy your armies; give me a man that we may fight together” (v.10). But, for 40 days there were no volunteers from the soldiers who “fled from Goliath when they saw him because they were so afraid” (v.24).
But, all of that changed when David arrived that day, sent by his father, Jesse, to check on his three oldest brothers (vv.12-13). The young shepherd boy was shocked at their cowardice and asked “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (v.26b). And, when his oldest brother, Eliab, got angry and accused him of ulterior motives (v.28), David replied, “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?!?” (v.29).
When Saul heard about this, he called for David and asked him why he’d come (v.31). He told him and then said “Let no man’s heart fail because of him (Goliath). Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine”(v.32). And, when Saul said “You’re not able to go fight this Philistine—for you are just a youth and he is a man of war from his youth” (v.33).
But, that didn’t bother David.
He simply told the nervous king how God had “delivered him from the paws of a lion and a bear and would also deliver him out of the hand of this Philistine” (vv.34-37). Even though Saul tried to gird Jesse’s youngest son with his own armor, David realized that it was much too big for him (vv.38-39). Instead, he “chose five smooth stones out of the brook, placed them in his shepherd’s bag, held his slingshot in his hand and drew near to the Philistine” (v.40).
And, soon the bellowing Goliath would realize he was no match for the One Who holds everything in the hollow of His Hand.
Yes, soon David’s stone was flying through the air like a spiritually-guided missile, landing right between the giant’s eyes (vv.48-49). And, soon Goliath’s head was severed from his body by his own sword as David stood atop him (vv.50-51). He knew his God was a great God and doesn’t give us “a spirit of fear” (II Tim. 1:7). The question is, “Do we??”
We must focus on the Lord God, not our fears or the enemy. When we continually look at how tall and strong the giants are—instead of how big and great God is—we soon begin to tremble. And, before long, we’re viewing ourselves as tiny, weak grasshoppers, not giant-killers as David was that day against Goliath, who was probably also a “son of Anak” (I Sam. 17:1-50).
So, the question, is “Are you a small, insignificant, hiding in the bushes, trembling grasshopper or are you a hard-charging, slingshot carrying, stone-throwing giant-killer, running-toward-the-enemy, giant-killing-machine who comes in the Name of the LORD as David did” (I Sam. 17:41-50)?
May it be the latter—for “greater is He Who’s within you than he that’s in the world” and “Faith is that which gives us the Victory” (I Jn. 4:4; 5:4). Truly, in Christ, we are “more than conquerors through Him Who loved us and gave Himself for us” (Rom. 8:37; Titus 2:14). Hallelujah!!
Always remember this: it’s not the size of the giant we face that matters; it’s the size of the God Whom we serve. And, instead of being an enemy to fear, a giant’s just a bigger target to hit! Glory!! So, grab your Sword and head into Battle—for Victory is assured. Amen.