Monday, August 1, 2011

Big and Tall

4And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span…49And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.  -I Samuel 17:4, 49 (KJV) 

The other day I was in a department store and was shopping for some new clothes, which is something I am not too fond of doing in the first place.  I stopped by a rack of shirts which were on sale and began to browse through them.  As I looked at the shirts I was thinking how large they were.  “For a medium that’s a big shirt.” I thought.  “You could fit two of me in there.”  It was then I looked up and realized I had unknowingly wandered into the “Big and Tall” section.  This explained the oversized shirts. 

I can’t help but be amused by the term “Big and Tall” at the clothing stores.  I guess this is because it’s a reminder that I am neither.  Of course, when David stood on the battlefield and faced a giant named Goliath, a man who definitely fit the category of “big and tall” he may have felt the same way.  David at the time was a young man who was neither big nor tall, yet he possessed something of far greater power, which was the power of the Living God. 

David overcame the giant because of pure and unquestioning faith in God.  The Lord empowered David to take on a giant no one else would dare confront.  What sort of giants are you facing right now?  Does the situation appear hopeless and out of control?  Take heart, for God is greater than any problem we will ever face.  He will bring us through to victory if we will place our faith in Him. 

The high call of God in Jesus Christ is to not be afraid and trust the Lord completely.  Do not allow yourself to be ruled by fear, but instead be guided by unquestioning faith in God.  Jesus Christ has come that we might have salvation, and with salvation comes spiritual victory every day.  “Every day?” you might ask?  Yes; the Lord will bring spiritual victory every day. 

Claim the victory which is ours in Christ.  No matter how big and tall our troubles and challenges might seem God is greater.  Take heart and walk forward today in confident faith.

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