Numbers 13:33 “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
We have all faced mountains that were seemingly impassable.
We’ve seen valleys so dark that fear overcame our hearts.
Some have faced bullies desiring to gain control.
Some have been so oppressed and pressed out of measure that ending their life seemed the only recourse.
These and many more become giants in our life that come to defy our faith.
At times, these giants loom in the distance, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. Others, we face every day in our homes, in our neighborhood, and at work. Some even have giants that invade our place of worship.
When faced with these giants, we all come to the same decision point – will we trust God and take Him at His Word, or shrink and succumb to their will?
God’s Word gives us many examples of others who faced giants in their life and outcomes based on their faith.
Adam faced a giant when Eve presented him with the fruit of the tree of life. He could either choose to obey God, refuse to eat, losing his wife in the process, or take the fruit with her and live with the consequences.
Abraham faced the giant of the unknown. God said, “Go.” With no specific destination in sight, Abraham packed up and left Ur of the Chaldees, leading his whole family to go with him.
In our passage today, the Israelites were told to spy out the land to which God had led them. They saw many wondrous things in this new land. But, they also saw real giants. Caleb and Joshua were the only two out of twelve sent that had faith enough to believe God could do what He said He would do.
Baalam faced a giant of greed and man’s favor instead of trusting God and being obedient. In the end, it took a donkey whom God allowed to speak to rebuke the prophet.
David faced a literal giant, as well. Even at a very young age, he stood before a man who could have crushed him with his bare hands. Yet, David showed us something stunning. As he stood before Goliath that day, David saw him as a grain of sand in comparison to his God.
1 Samuel 17:45 “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
We, who name the name of Jesus Christ, must gain a more biblical perspective of our God. When faced with our giant, we must call upon our faith to rise in opposition. If our faith be small or weak, we will faint.
The disciples feared for their life when crossing over one night. Jesus was fast asleep in the back of the ship. They were taking on water, and all signs pointed out that they were going to sink and possibly drown.
They woke Jesus, and He rebuked the wind and the waves.
Matthew 8:26 “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.“
The disciples saw many miracles. They were privy to see the hand of God move in countless lives. Yet, when it came time to exercise their faith, they shrunk from it.
Jesus even encouraged them this way:
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.“
So, when you and I are faced with the impossible, that giant in our life, can we have faith enough to trust God will deliver us? Or do we shrink from them?
Jesus points out that we are the ones in control of the situation. If we choose to trust God and believe His promises, He will do what He said He would do. But, all too often, we view our giant in light of what we can do, and not what God can do.
When we are tempted, think of this principle:
“It is not possible to fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons.” 1 John 4:4
“You cannot fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it.” Ecclesiastes 5:10; James 1:14, 15
It needs to be our faith the buoys us over the sea of doubt, worry, and fear. When the giant comes, we need to look to those who’ve gone before us and trust that if God were there for them, He would be there for us because He is no respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
So, when the impossible situation or circumstance comes to stand before you as a giant in your life, count it all joy to be able to witness what God can do with a mustard seed worth of faith!
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”