Overcoming Giants

overcoming giantsOne of my favorite stories in The Bible is the story of Joshua and Caleb and the twelve spies.  If you aren’t familiar with the story, you can read it in Numbers 13:1-14:9.  Basically, the Israelites sent out twelve spies to survey some land that the Lord had promised them.  The twelve spies went out and saw that the land was good, even great.  The land was flowing with milk and honey, and the soil was fertile.  There was a problem, though.  The people who inhabited this land outnumbered the Israelites, and they were large and strong.  Of the twelve spies, only Joshua and Caleb came back with the mindset to take this land that the Lord had promised to them.  The other ten spies did all that they could do to discourage the people from even attempting to take this land.  In the end the Israelites began to grumble, even to the point of wishing that they could just return to Egypt and die.

What is keeping you from seeking God’s promise and plan for your life?  Is it the vocal minority that says that there are too many obstacles in your way?  Is it the circumstances around you that are discouraging you to the point of giving up?  Is it the paralyzing fear of failure?  For me, it is often the fear of failure.  There are times when I would rather sit on the sidelines without even making an effort than to try my best when it may end in failure.  It seems silly to allow something that, in the grand scheme of things, is so miniscule to keep you from the promises that God has for you.

I challenge you, today, to face those “giants” in your life that are holding you back.  Romans 8:31 says, “…If God is for us, who can be against us?”  The answer is simply, no one.  Don’t let anything keep you from fulfilling the perfect plan that God has for your life.  Allow Him to be strong in your weakness.

-James

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3 thoughts on “Overcoming Giants

  1. This is very timely James. I’ve was thinking last week about how David was indignant about the slurs that Goliath was hashing out and how his love and trust in God fueled his willingness to face the giant. And Romans 8:31 has been ringing thru my head the past few days. Thanks!!!

  2. Janean and Denise, I pretty much need to hear this every day. I struggle on a daily basis with the fear of failure, so I try as much as I can to renew my mind by thinking about things like this.

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