For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
Being short, scrawny and sarcastic made me an easy target for bullies in high school. My mouth attempted to write checks my small frame couldn't cash. Sometimes I went looking for trouble; more often than not trouble found me.
One would assume this reality would create a great deal of fear and angst in me, but I knew with supreme confidence that I was untouchable. Why? Because a grown man child named Josh served as my protector.
No matter what situation I found myself in, I could always trust that he had my back. If a fight went down, Josh could be counted on to be in my corner. Very few people messed with me, and the foolish ones who did were quickly put in their place by my mammoth of a friend.
Each one of us faces battles in life. There is a war taking place for our heart’s attention and affection. - even for those of us who are in Christ. We get pressed from every side. Sometimes the giants looking to take us down come in the form of struggles, destructive behaviors, uncertainty, relational conflict, a grim prognosis, or a host of other intimidating encounters.
These ogres attempt to terrorize, taunt and demoralize us. Questioning God's faithfulness is the most common trap they set. They know that if they can cause us to lose heart, there's a better chance of us giving up or giving in. The littlest sliver of doubt creeps in, and they're ready to bounce.
What's even crazier is that we feed our enemy. We talk up our issues; with every word, it grows bigger and stronger. We go on and on about how significant our problem is while losing sight of Who is in our corner.
Christ serves as the ultimate giant slayer. And He has our back in every situation. He not only stands shoulder to shoulder with us; He fights for us. Whatever monster we are battling might be great, but it’s not greater than the One who defeated death. Pastor and author Louie Giglio says, "We need to see the size of our God rather than the height of the giant."
Through Him and Him alone, we can encounter any situation knowing the victory is already ours. He's gone before us. All we need to do is walk in obedience, display faith, and come out swinging.
Where do you find yourself facing a battle?
What would it look like to respond to your situation knowing that you have the ultimate giant slayer in your corner?
God, I do not fight my battles alone or through my strength. You go before me. You fight for me. All you ask is that I step out in faith. Because You conquered the grave, I am already victorious. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.