“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, and the nature of this confidence has to be rooted in the Lord. 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 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 can imagine. Followers of God’s Son are prone to dare. Just look at Jesus what He did and where He went. The tides of popular or unpopular opinions did not sway Him. The devil was no match for Him. Lazarus’ returning from the grave gave evidence that even death was conquered.
However, all these were preludes compared to the big giant looming over Jesus’ head at the onset of this fateful Passover season. Reading the gospel records, what did Jesus do? He separated Himself from His best friends and fell on His knees to pray. Well aware of the enormity of His mission, Jesus knew that the salvation of the entire world hinged on His sacrificial death. When He prayed in the Olive Garden of Gethsemane He knew two things: If there was any other way to accomplish this goal the Father would have told Him by then. So there was no further delaying, and He had to go through with this. The other point was to completely relinquish His entire being into the hands of the Father and trust Him that He would indeed bring Him back to life after going through the anguish of death (not to mention the many tortures He had to go through).
So 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 remove ourselves from everything and everybody to fall on our knees and draw close to God. Giants have the habit of shrinking in the presence of God. So pray! Pray hard! Then go with God and conquer the land!