What did I learn from reading this book?
Building the mindset and dedication to overcome any obstacles no matter the size. Fear, rejection, comfort, anger, addiction are all giants that will tower over you and rob you of who you are. David and Goliath is the base of the book. The tale of a simple kid, a shepherd boy, who stood up to the mighty warrior. Although Goliath was not the first adversary the simple shepherd had defeated, he had killed a bear and a lion. The point is that no matter the so-called giant in your life, with God you are unstoppable.
Fear must fall at your feet. Depression, addiction, rejection all must fall at your feet. These giants have a way of crippling us and causing us to fall into situations that can be harmful, not just to us, but those that we hold close. The ultimate message of the book is that God has got your back. Our giants have already fallen because Jesus has already defeated them on the cross. Our giants keep taunting us, so we need to hold God at his word: that He is already victorious.
In Acts 16:30, a Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas “What must I do to be saved?” Paul replied in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” This doesn’t simple mean to must think of something as true. It is putting all your trust in Jesus to be all He says He can be in your life. A common misconception is that we think that we are David and that we had slain the mighty giant. In truth, the shepherd boy is Jesus, who went before us and took the giant down. He is the shepherd that stands over our beds. He is with us in the middle of the valley of the shadow of death. He is standing in the storm with us. It may be darkness all around, but He is preparing a table before us so that we will have what we need in the middle of the storm. He promises to lead, guide, and protect us – not in the absence of our foes but in the presence of our enemies. Psalm 23 is a perfect description of this, beautifully described in David’s words.
In the midst of our fight, the enemy will most likely use this line against us – “if God is so good, then why has this pain come upon you (me)? Why are you (am I) struggling?” Because the enemy is sitting in our midst.
What do we do? We decide who gets a seat at the table. Satan is after God’s glory. If the enemy can pierce your heart, he can break the heart of God. After all we are created in the image of God. “Whoever has the Son of God has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” 1 John 5:12. What does that mean? It means “Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have abundant and eternal life” John 3:16.
So in closing, I will say this: we face many giants of all types. But know that there is hope. That hope is Jesus Christ. God loves us so much that he came into flesh to be like us and to be the ultimate sacrifice. To pay the ransom that sin held over us. He had to die for us to save us. So, what are you waiting for? He is knocking at your door.