Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” -1 Samuel 17:26 (NASB)
In this day and age, especially in the United States, being a cyclist, motorcyclist, or driving a small car means you’re dwarfed by just about everything around you. SUVs, trucks, and even sedans are like moving walls all around you. You can’t see past them or over them. And sometimes they don’t see you, so you have to be vigilant for your own sake.
What’s interesting about being the vulnerable one is that you have to be assertive and sure of your movements. If you only see with your eyes and think that it’s just too intimidating to drive among such large vehicles, you can paralyze yourself, and miss the possibilities God has waiting on the other side.
When the Israelites made it to the Promised Land and heard reports of unbeatable giants, their faith was quickly shaken. They only trusted in their senses, and not God’s promise of the land to them. But two spies, Joshua and Caleb, saw those same giants through God’s eyes. They knew the giants were of no concern. As a result, Joshua and Caleb were the only two members of their generation allowed to enter the Promised Land 40 years later…and Joshua was handed the mantle to lead his people.
When young David faced and defeated the Philistine giant Goliath, while every single other Israelite soldier cowered, David saw the giant through God’s eyes. He knew Goliath was nothing when facing an opponent with God on his side. David went on to succeed King Saul as the second king of Israel–and the nation’s greatest, with a heart after God’s own heart.
By all earthly logic, giant situations and problems can be intimidating or even seem insurmountable. But with God, all things are possible. Mountains, giants, and the like are all leveled in when God is on the playing field.
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