Read – 2 Samuel 21
Focus on verse 18-21
When I was a child giants were something we read about in fairy tales, with the exception of Goliath, who was a real part of biblical history. Now that I am older, giants loom up to try to frighten me off my path with disappointing regularity. These are not literally giants, mind you, rather they are figurative, but not less frightening.
In today’s reading we discover that the Giant Goliath, whom David triumphed over with a sling and a stone and the hand of the Lord, apparently had some relatives that survived him. Four are listed in today’s reading, each of which were defeated by one of David’s mighty men.
In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.
In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.
In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.(v. 18-21)
It would be highly unusual for one to find him or herself facing a literal giant in a battle to the death in our current day and culture. It is, however, not uncommon to find oneself facing figurative giants that can be equally intimidating. Giants like illness, unemployment, dysfunctional relationships, or financial stress can cause a person to freeze in fear, and avoid moving forward. Fear of failure is ultimately the enemy that prevents us from overcoming the giants in our lives. Faith in God, who delights in using the weak to overcome the strong, used a shepherd by with a sling to bring down Goliath. He used several other valiant faithful men to take down the rest of Goliath’s relatives. They were able to overcome, not because they were stronger than the giants they faced, but because the moved forward in the face of fear, trusting God to be strong enough to overcoming the giant they faced.
God has not changed. He still delights in empowering the weak to overcome when the odds are against them. There is no giant, either literal nor figurative, that is too big for God to humble.