Facing the Giants
We all will face giants in our life whether it is finances, health, the loss of a loved one, job struggles, and more. The Book of Numbers records the story of twelve men who were chosen out of two million people to go and spy out the Promised Land. Of these twelve men chosen for this prestigious assignment, only two of the men could see past the giants and know that this was indeed the land that God had provided for them. Ten spies convinced a whole nation that they were "not able" to face these giants. However, Joshua and Caleb knew as the Bible says that "we are well able "to overcome these giants because of their trust in God. As a result, Joshua and Caleb became "notable" for their stand and even today families continue to name their children after them.
Daniel 2:20-21 declares: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his; And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and establishes up kings; he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding."
What an incredible passage of scripture for whatever challenge you and I may be facing in life! We all will face giants in our life that make us feel intimidated and inadequate. These verses tell us that God has all the wisdom and all the power for whatever giant we may be facing.
God is omnipotent which literally means "all powerful". I do not know of another concept more critical for Christians living today than understanding and embracing this one. We will quickly be overwhelmed and discouraged just in trying to raise our children without living out the idea that God alone is able to give us the power and wisdom we need for whatever task we may be facing.S
So, how do we practically speaking live out this concept? Ephesians 6:10 tells us to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." What does this mean? It means that in our mind and in our heart we know and claim daily that He is all powerful. Specifically, we daily recognize that we have no strength of our own but through prayer and being in His Word that we can rely on His strength.
I am convinced that embracing this concept will change our lives and our outlook on life. In my own life, I do not want to be part of the "not able" crowd. Our God is greater, our God is stronger, and our God is higher than anyone else. I pray these Biblical truths will encourage you today as you face the giants of your life.
Finally, I want to invite you to our annual Spring Family Chapel Night which will be February 19th in our sanctuary. Our guest speaker will be Adrian Despres. Adrian is the chaplain for the University of South Carolina football team and probably the favorite chapel speaker for our Upper School students. Adrian will be sharing with us some incredible truths about family that you do not want to miss. He is a gifted communicator and his approach to family will be a blessing to you and your family. Our Upper School Praise team will lead the music and I promise it will be a great night for all.