These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. ~1 Chronicles 20:8
My first encounter with the word “giant” was in the children’s fable “Jack and the Beanstalk.” A giant is defined as something or someone larger than normal. Some people would say a giant or something gigantic is larger than life. It is something of such size that a person of ordinary means cannot compare or compete with it. We could simply say that a giant is something too big for us. However, the Bible encourages us on how we can be giant killers. Let us see some giant killers who made their mark on their generation.
We see the menace.
Our passage tells us about four giants who were directly related to Goliath of Gath. There was Ishbibenob, Sippai, Lahmi, and an unnamed giant who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. With the exception of Lahmi, they were said to be sons of the giant. These giants were a menace to the men of Israel. Giants are intimidating. Giants are boisterous. Giants are bullies. Giants stand in the way of progress. Giants want us to think they are unbeatable. Giants stand between us and God’s will. Giants want us to think that God is too small and cannot help us. They are a menace.
We see the men.
David had men who took on these giants. There was Abishai, Sibbecai the Hushathite, Elhanan the son of Jair, and Jonathan the son of Shimea who took on these giants and defeated them. These were men who had a faith that said it could be done. These were men of courage who risked their lives to fight the giant. These were men who would not stand around idle and would not back down from the voices. They were men who did something that other men would not. These were men who stepped out of their comfort zones and made it known that they would do whatever it took to be giant killers.
We see the model.
These men had David as their model. Years before, David took on the giant Goliath and soundly defeated this giant without even breaking a sweat! With just his sling and five smooth stones that he had taken out of the brook, he met the giant face-to-face. David modeled courage. He modeled consecration. He modeled concentration. He modeled a conqueror. Spiritual leaders make their biggest impact by how they model faith, determination, vision, conviction, and duty. Read the biographies of the Davids who conquered some giants, and let God stir you by their example.
We see the mastery.
Each of David’s men slew these giants. There is only one way to deal with a giant and that is to kill it. You see, we must kill the spiritual giants that stand between us and victory. We must kill the giants of unbelief, bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, wrath, envy, jealousy, worldliness, and the flesh. God has given us the spiritual weapons to defeat the giants. We must go forward with faith and the power of the Holy Spirit to soundly defeat them.
We see the motivation.
God put these accounts in His Word to inspire us to be giant killers. God wants us to be valiant, visionary, and victorious. What giant is standing between you and victory? Go out, meet the giant head on, and conquer it. Ask God to make you a giant killer!
Have a conquering God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 38-40