I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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With Easter Sunday only days away, I know your plans are in high gear. Kids have egg hunts, parents planning Sunday attire and if you are involved in any way with Sunday services – well, your world is spinning fast about now. Been there. Done that! Our family has our own traditions as well (see my Resurrection Rolls post here).
As much as I’m looking forward to Sunday, Jesus has ushered in a promise that’s as much good today as it will be Sunday. Our giants must fall.
Giants? Yes, we all have at least one struggle in our life grabbing us by our throat (or so it may seem). I’m not sure about you, but I’m so over having my giants suck the excitement of a risen Savior from my celebration! How about you? I hope so because we are calling our giants out today. Let’s call this a pre-Easter service!
I know many of us have heard the “G-rated” version of the Biblical account of David and Goliath. But as my kids have discovered, the raw text in the Bible paints a very different and perhaps more graphic picture. Here is David, a young shepherd boy, preparing to fight a giant who has murderous threats on his life.
David comes at him without a single piece of physical armor.
He carried his shepherds staff and his trusted sling shot.
He also knew God would win this battle for him.
Listen in to the exchange of battle -cries right before the fight begins:
As the Philistine paced back and forth, his shield bearer in front of him, he noticed David. He took one look down on him and sneered—a mere youngster, apple-cheeked and peach-fuzzed.
The Philistine ridiculed David. “Am I a dog that you come after me with a stick?” And he cursed him by his gods.
“Come on,” said the Philistine. “I’ll make roadkill of you for the buzzards. I’ll turn you into a tasty morsel for the field mice.”
David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!” 1 Samuel 17:41-47 (The Message Translation)
The reason David could confidently fight this giant is because He had experienced God fight other, much more powerful foes in his lifetime. Yes, as a shepherd he killed a bear to rescue his sheep, but honestly a bear cannot compare to Goliath. No, I’m referring to the giants that cause us to wrestle in our own lives, even today.
The giants that shackle us down.
The giants that make us feel trapped.
The giants that force us away from believing we can be loved.
The giants that shout to us that we are all alone.
The giants that make us believe that we will never be enough.
But God beat these giants for David and He can do the same for us.
You see, we forget that David had a past. His life story did not begin with Goliath. No. His story began with his father Jessie and his 7 older brothers. Just one chapter before David takes on Goliath, we learn that David was completely rejected, by his own parents. The prophet Samuel was told by God to visit Jessie (David’s father) because one of his sons would be Israel’s next king. How would you react if the prophet of the day was coming to your house? Would you make sure the house was ready? Would you guarantee that there would be no surprises?
Jessie had all his sons prepared and looking magnificent for the occasion, except David. In fact, David wasn’t even invited. He was in the field instructed to watch over his father’s sheep. In fact, Samuel even had to ask Jessie if all his sons were present! Can you imagine being David? Here he was, sweaty and tired from working. Suddenly he learns that Samuel is waiting for him at his house. A meal was prepared. Everyone was looking great. Enter David, unprepared and “fresh” from the field. It seems like a climax to a great movie, right?
Read the whole story in 1 Samuel 16.
David was indeed anointed king that day. At the press conference immediately following the announcement, David reported that he had no plans to visit Disneyworld but would return to the fields to be with the sheep until further notice.
Anyone else confused here?
David found more than just peace and quiet in the fields. He found an intimate relationship with our powerful God. The giant of rejection may have followed him to the sheep, but God worked in David’s heart. That giant fell long before Goliath did. Read through the Psalms and you will see the closeness David experienced with God.
Our God alone has power.
He needs no weapon.
He needs no fancy invitation.
He simply wants a deep relationship.
If David could experience God this closely before Jesus created a way for the Holy Spirit to live in us, how much more do you think we can experience the love and power of our risen Savior today?
God has given us the power through Jesus to live out the love of Christ. Don’t let the giants of fear, rejection, anger, abuse, neglect, betrayal, lies and the past take what God has promised to be yours forever. Peace! Joy! Salvation! Right here and all yours! That’s worth celebrating and giants will never be able to stand up to the resurrection power sealed inside of us through Christ!
Our song for the week is one of my favorites, introduced to me by our senior minister. The words immediately brought me back to David’s battle-cry. We all need a battle-cry, don’t we? This is mine! I can’t wait to sing this Easter Sunday!
Rend Collective: Every Giant Will Fall
What giant is God going to conquer for you this Easter?
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!