An interesting map is on display in the British Museum in London. It’s an old mariner’s chart drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored.
He wrote: “Here be giants,” “Here be fiery scorpions,” and “Here be dragons.” Eventually, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Scratching out the fearful inscriptions, he wrote these words across the map:
“Here is God.”
Today and for the past couple of week I have been thinking about GIANTS in our life. My mind has run from Numbers 13 up to I Samuel 17 and I have just taken the time to meditate on GIANTS. You know, those things that keep us right where we are and don’t let us move forward in our Christian life.
- I have them
- You have them
- We all have them
but this one thing I know… “Here Is God”
Max Lucado in his book Facing Your GIANTS wrote this about your giants.
“Goliath scoffs at the Kid, nicknames him Twiggy. “And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?” (I Samuel 17:43). Skinny, scrawny David. Bulky, brutish Goliath. The toothpick versus the tornado. The minibike attacking the eighteen-wheeler. The toy poodle taking on the rottweiler. What odd do you have David against the Giant.
Better odds, perhaps, than you give yourself against yours.
Your goliath doesn’t carry sword or shield; he brandishes blades of unemployment, abandonment, sexual abuse, or depression.
Your giant doesn’t parade up and down the hills or Elah; he prances through your office, your bedroom, your classroom. He brings bills you can’t pay, grades you can’t make, people you can’t please, whiskey you can’t resist, pronography you can’t refuse, a career you can’t escape, a past you can’t shake, and a future you can’t face.
You know well the roar of Goliath!
David face one who fog horned his challenges morning and night for forty days, twice a day, morning and evening this Philistine strutted in front of the Israelite army. “And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.” 1Samuel 17:16
Your does the same. First thought of the morning, last worry of the night — your goliath dominates your day and infiltrates your joy.”
Facing Your GIANTS, Pg. 2&3; Max Lucado
The question is how long has yours stalked you?
We think we are in control of them when in actuality they control us. The control is very subtle and will keep us from ever fully serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning as I finally get a chance to post my thoughts, which I haven’t had a chance to do the last few weeks. Literally that has what I have thought about, but as a pastor my thoughts have been more towards other people as i watch them face giant’s I can never imagine. Sure I have giants I face every day but I have learned to do three things that has helped me get up and do more than I ever expected to do for the Lord.I know and realize that for me to get past my giants I must keep these three things at the forefront of my life on a daily basis…
Let me give them to you.
I Surrender Daily!
I started the day I surrendered my soul to the Lord (Salvation) and truly did made HIm my Lord. Surrender is not easy but it is required. Jesus said it this way… “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
You see the key in that verse? It is in the words “COME & FOLLOW” Surrender is about making that decision to “COME and FOLLOW.” The rest of it just goes along with it… Denial, The cross are all a part of the process but daily you must chose to come and follow Jesus. I challenge anybody to do a Bible study on these words come and follow in reference to coming after Jesus. You might be surprised what you find.
The struggle will come when you decide to follow Him and the real you comes out under pressure. Without the pressure, you wouldn’t know certain facts about yourself. Caleb and Joshua discovered the truth about their beliefs in God. The other spies discovered the truth about what they believed or didn’t believe. Numbers 13
Have your struggles brought out the truth about your beliefs? If they haven’t, they will and it will require you to surrender daily.
I Submit Daily!
I not only tell the Lord I can’t do this daily but I also tell Him, here it is… We can surrender but we don’t have to submit.
I chose to not let my mistakes stop me from moving forward!
I chose to be a good steward of what God has given me…
- My worship
- My family
- My time
- My testimony
- My monies
- My job
All have been sparked with a flavor of Christ and I chose to not put one over the other, but my main priority is to place each in it’s proper perspective, with worship submission and surrender at the top.
I Serve Daily
I find some way of serving Christ. Serving Jesus is not in the big things but especially in the small. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
Service is about doing good even when nobody knows but you, because God knows. See, we are so worried about somebody knowing. I get caught up in it sometimes, but service to me is simply doing without any kudos or pats on the back…
I try my best to do these three things every morning because I know that His mercies are renewed every morning towards me and I can start fresh. Does not matter how bad yesterday was because it is all about today.
Yes, God wants to prosper you and bless you, but sometimes you’re going to have to go through some things before the blessings arrive.
Sometimes you have to struggle and sometimes you have to fight. The struggle is by design. There is something in the struggle that is necessary for us to become all God has ordained us to be. It is important that we understand this and continue to believe God has our best interest at heart, even though there are giants in the picture.
God did not forgot to remove those “giants” before the Israelites arrived. We often think, how could God have forgotten that minor detail? If He had just removed those giants before the spies spotted them, then they could have proceeded, believing the promise without hindrance. I think that way sometimes… If God would have only not let those 2 mosquitos on the Ark?
It appears that God left those pesky giants in the Promised Land on purpose! Why?
GIANTS HELP DISTINGUISH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROFESSORS AND POSSESSORS.
GIANTS EXPOSE THE GRASSHOPPERS IN THE CROWD.
GIANTS TEST YOUR LEVEL OF COMMITMENT.
Who ever read this may think, that’s easy for you to say, you don’t have the giants I have… Maybe your giants are overwhelming and colossal but your giants are not bigger than your God.
I love Zach Williams new song, “Chain Breaker” especially the chorus…
If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker
Today, rest in God and allow God to overcome your giants… After all “HE’S A CHAIN BREAKER!