Facing the Giants

Whitney Capps

Day: 52 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 21

2 Samuel 21:16 (NIV) “And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.”

Before he was king, David was a giant slayer. In 1 Samuel 17, Goliath, the giant warrior from Gath, taunted God’s people. Goliath, who stood over 9 feet tall, was killed by David, a young shepherd boy with just a slingshot and a few smooth stones. And in that moment, David didn’t just defeat the Goliath, he conquered the Philistines.

But these longtime enemies of God’s people would not stay subject to David. Years after he became king, we read in 2 Samuel 21, “once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel” (2 Samuel 21:15). These people were David’s lifelong foes.

Even though David defeated Goliath, the giant Philistine fighters came back, hopeful they’d eventually defeat God’s people. These battles were similar to David’s fight with Goliath. Each side would send out a champion to represent his nation in a one-on-one contest. And every time, God gave Israel the victory.

But imagine the exhaustion and frustration for Israel to continually face the same defeated but defiant foe. That’s a frustration I know well, and I bet you do too.

What giants in your life refuse to be beaten?

Here are just a few of mine: gluttony, gossip, laziness, pride and materialism. I’ve beaten them before, but they keep coming back. This side of heaven, we will battle sin. And every time we let sin have even a small foothold in our lives, its power grows. I can’t spend time with friends who gossip, or the giant taunts me. I can’t window-shop excessively or I begin to want what I don’t have. The giant grows. Sin in us is always ready to threaten and challenge. But there is good news.

In the midst of every daily battle remember this, your enemy is already defeated. Jesus has conquered sin and the grave. Your victory has already been secured. You won’t die on this field. You’ll live to fight another day. And one glorious day when we see Jesus, we will lay down our swords at His feet.

And friend, that thought gives me enough hope to fight another day.

Prayer: Lord, oh I praise You that I am more than a conqueror. Through Jesus my victory is sure. Remind me of this sure victory when I get tired. When I want to ignore the growing giants of sin in my life, help me to fight on. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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