“Hey! You over there, you’re so tiny you must be the son of a grasshopper! Where are you going?! Come here! Let me crush you!”
How does it feel to be taunted and not taken seriously? It feels as if our market value plummets. There goes our self-worth! Down the drain it goes! This could be one way to describe Israel’s despair after their spies returned to the camp with a bad report not of the Promised Land but of its inhabitants.
So, the Promised Land came with a challenge! After two years in the wilderness, with the bulk of their time spent at the foot of Mount Sinai, the people of Israel have finally reached its borders. However, the land was not unoccupied. The Promised Land was not up for grabs, it had to be conquered. Here is where confidence comes in handy. Kari Kampakis wrote in her book Liked, a chapter on confidence:
“What other people say about you is opinion. What God says about you is fact. The way to know your worth is to focus on the facts.”
Giants have a bad habit. They dwarf their environment, and it seems to happen every time you and I start comparing: my looks versus your looks; your bank account versus mine; my skill-set versus yours. Have you noticed something? It never bodes well to do that. How come? We’re not made to compare, we’re made to share or to dare. Let me explain:
Share: So, you’re good at something? Great! Ever thought of sharing that skill? You could teach the skill to someone who needs some encouragement in that department you’re good at. You could make yourself useful with this skill by applying it to help people. Share the good stuff and your talents and your gifts will actually begin to multiply.
Dare: So, you’re good at something? Do something with it that requires faith, something that stretches you and goes beyond the confines of your talent! If you rely on your talent, then that’s the limit. Don’t stick with your comfort zone. Cross borders, borders into the unknown. As you walk with God you’ll discover that He has big dreams for you, bigger than you may imagine.
Jesus’ secret weapon is and always has been prayer. Whatever our giants are, this secret weapon can be ours. Facing a giant, we need to draw close to God. Giants have the habit of shrinking in the presence of God. So pray! Pray hard! Then go with God and take the bull by its horns.