5 Smooth Stones: Facing Your Giants With Biblical Truths
In 1 Samuel 17, there’s a well-known story
about David and Goliath. If you’re unfamiliar with the tale, Goliath was a
giant who was described to be “six cubits and a span” (1 Samuel 17:4).
In modern-day language, that means Goliath
was roughly 9 feet and 9 inches tall. He regularly taunted the Israelites to
the point that the whole nation quaked in fear of him and his army.
When David overhears the threats, he’s enraged. He demands,
26“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)
King Saul hears of David’s bravery. But he’s more amused than impressed when David confidently tells him,
37“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)
Still, David is allowed to face off with
the giant. What weapon does the young teenager select for this gladiator-style
showdown? He chooses a sling and five smooth stones from the nearby brook.
To grasp the magnitude of his choice, imagine
a four-year-old confronting an NFL linebacker with a slingshot and some rocks.
It sounds laughable and more than a little impossible.
But David is undaunted. He stands confidently in front of a man easily twice his size and proudly proclaims,
47“The battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
As David predicted, God delivers the giant
into the hands of a teenager, and the Philistine army flees. The battle is won
because of the faith of one small shepherd boy who dared to defy a giant.
Unfortunately, giants enter into the life
of every Christian. They may not be literal giants standing in front of your
eyes. But you recognize their taunts. You’ve heard their threats. Your knees
knock, and you’re searching desperately for a faith that proclaims, “The battle
is the Lord’s.”
These giants are universal and appear to
almost everyone at some point. Here’s who they are and what to remember in the
middle of the battle…
The Giant of Abandonment
Peter had always considered himself a
strong Christian. He’d watched God provide for him when he’d lost his job when
his kids were small. He’d seen God protect his wife in the middle of a horrific
He was active in his community and a
faithful witness for Christ. He loved helping out in the men’s ministry at his
church. On top of that, he loved his wife and was close to his children.
When he noticed the bruises down his
fifth-grade son’s legs, he asked about them.
His son explained that he’d fall down the steps at school. Peter thought
that was odd and began noticing things that troubled him. His son tired quickly. He lost his balance frequently. He started complaining of headaches.
Peter took his son to the doctor, and after
two weeks of testing, he heard the news every parent dreads. His son was
seriously ill and wasn’t likely to live to see his high school graduation.
Suddenly, Peter’s faith was shaken. The God
he’d always believed in and trusted seemed a million miles away. When he cried
out, there was only silence in the stillness.
In the darkest moments of your life when God seems silent, Goliath often leans close to whisper, “Where is your God? He’s left. He’s no longer with you.”
It’s easy to believe that God is with you in the good moments when the skies are sunny, and your marriage is going well. When your kids are healthy, and there’s enough money in the bank to meet your bills.
But when everything goes sideways, when you’re thrust into a sudden crisis, it’s normal to question where God is. You might be tempted to believe this makes you a bad Christian or that your faith is shaky.
But the first thing a young child left in the dark does is call out for his or her father. It’s a reaction born of reliance. A child that calls for his or her parent does so because they’ve known the comfort of His presence at one point.
Just as David reached for five smooth stones, you can reach for a weapon, too. Reach for Scripture that reminds you of God’s closeness with verses such as…
6“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
10“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
18“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
5"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
2“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2
The Giant of Fear
Danielle was employed by an advertising
agency. The job allowed her to support her disabled husband and afford the
medical care he needed. But with the loss of her job came the loss of her
health coverage, too.
Suddenly, Danielle was looking at spending
thousands of dollars each month to keep her husband alive. Sometimes, she’d
wake in the middle of the night in a near panic attack because she had no idea
how she was going to provide for the man she loved.
The giant of fear likes to torment you with
questions about things that haven’t happened yet. You can usually recognize him
because most of his taunts start with the phrase, “What if…?”
The giant of fear likes to torment you with questions about things that haven’t happened yet. You can usually recognize him because most of his taunts start with the phrase, “What if…?”
For example, Danielle often heard these taunts, “What if you can’t afford your husband’s medication next month? What if your savings run out before you can find another job? What if that interview tomorrow doesn’t go well?”
In these moments, it’s natural to want to run and hide. But instead of hiding out, reach out to your Heavenly Father, and He'll help you fight your giant. Rely on His promises from Scripture…
7“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
4“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4
7“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
6“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
27“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
The Giant of Despair
Mark loved his wife, and he considered their marriage a good one. They both worked in fields they were passionate about, and together, they had two healthy children. The only problem Mark struggled with was his wife’s drinking.
She was a functional alcoholic, and none of their friends suspected anything. Every morning, Mark would get up before his children to hide the bottles so they wouldn’t know about their mother’s addiction.
As time passed, Mark became more discouraged. He’d prayed for years that his wife’s drinking would stop. He’d taken her to counseling. He’d begged and pleaded with her. She would promise to get sober only to return to her old habits within a few weeks.
Nothing he did worked, and Mark began
hearing from the giant of despair. This giant likes to tell you that things
will never get better. He often says something like, “You’re trapped in this
place. You’ve tried everything else. You might as well give up. Nothing will
The giant of despair wants you to give up
all hope. He wants you to abandon the idea that God is at work in the middle of
your messy life. In those moments, cling tightly to these verses…
4“You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.” – Psalm 92:4
11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
5“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” – Psalm 40:5
4“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
5“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” – Psalm 143:5
The Giant of Guilt
Jane had been going through a rough patch
in her marriage when she reconnected with her old high school boyfriend online.
Their messages quickly turned flirty, and it wasn’t long until Jane agreed to
meet up with him in person.
The date was the beginning of an affair
that would last for three months. When she finally broke it off, Jane
immediately came clean to her husband and begged his forgiveness.
During the next year, Jane and her husband
went to couple’s counseling with a trusted Christian therapist. They rebuilt
their marriage, and it was stronger than ever.
But Jane still suffered from feeling
unworthy. She constantly berated herself for nearly throwing her family away, and she always felt the need to “make up for” what she’d done in the past.
Jane was listening to the giant of guilt.
The giant of guilt often says things like, “You’ve gone too far. God will never
take you back. You can’t be forgiven for what you’ve done. You’ll never be
Listening to the giant of guilt can make
you feel as if you must earn forgiveness from God or those you’ve wronged.
You carry your sins and failures with you, dragging them into each new day. But
take courage and remember these verses from Scripture…
9“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
18“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
5Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. – Psalm 32:5 (NLT)
10“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
22“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22
The Giant of Lack
Abby was a widow raising her three small
children on her own. She had no family living nearby to help her, and she worked
two jobs to support herself and her kids. She often juggled bills to keep the
lights on and food on the table.
Then came the house fire that destroyed her
family’s home. Worse still, the bill for her home insurance had lapsed, so Abby wasn’t
covered. Now, she and her three children were facing homelessness.
A woman who worked with Abby heard the news
about the fire and opened her home to the destitute family.
But with every night, Abby heard from the
giant of lack. He pointed out all the things her children needed. A permanent
home. New shoes and clothes. Safety and stability. All things that seemed
outside of Abby’s reach to give them.
The giant of lack often points out all the
unmet needs around you. He wants you so focused on your needs that you never
think to look to the Need Provider. But the right Scriptures can help you
refocus and see the One who delights in providing for you and your loved ones. He's the One who will help you fight this giant.
19“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
5“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” – Psalm 111:5
8“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
26“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26
1“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” – Psalm 23:1
A Battle Plan for Facing Your Giants
Just identifying the giants taunting you isn’t enough. You need a battle plan that will allow you to boldly claim victory over them. This is a plan that you’ll need to follow every day (sometimes for months or years) until you see God move in your situation.
The first step in facing your giants is to know whose battle this really is. In 1 Samuel 17:47, David says to Goliath, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
You might think you’re fighting a battle against your spouse’s alcoholism or against a co-worker who has started a smear campaign about you. You might even believe the battle is against your own past sins and who you used to be.
But the real battle is not earthly. It’s taking place in a realm that you cannot see.
12“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Understanding this means that you know
without a doubt that you cannot win the battle on your own. You can only
achieve victory through the power of the living God.
Once you have grasped this, cry out to God. Ask Him for victory. Tell Him you are powerless and ask Him to move out against your giants. The Psalmist declares,
1“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
In Psalm 62, David instructs the people to pour out their hearts to God.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)
When we’re honest with God about what we’re
dealing with, it’s a sign not of weakness but of trust. Just as a child
bringing a request to their parent is a sign of trust, it’s the same
concept with God. When you cry out to Him, you are showing Him you trust Him to
meet your need.
After acknowledging that the battle is the
Lord’s and crying out to Him, don’t stop there. Take time to recount his
When King Saul questioned David, he
recounted previous moments of God’s faithfulness in his life.
36“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:36-37)
Look at previous battles in your life.
Maybe God helped you give up an addiction or sinful pattern. Perhaps God
comforted you in the middle of your grief. Maybe God provided for your family
during a difficult time.
Now lift up your voice and praise Him.
Praise God for the victories He has already won. Praise God for the victories
still to come! Praise God because He is working in the middle of this battle, and He’s working it out for His glory, and you’re good!
28“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Grace and peace,
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