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“There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 14:33, NKJV).
How do you see yourself in the face of giants? Do you look at the circumstances and feel like a grasshopper, powerless and insignificant, or do you look to the promises of God and rise up as a victorious conqueror?
David was a young man who was much more impressed with the promises and authority that God had given him than he was with the giant who was opposing him. As the giant assaulted him with taunts and intimidation, David looked him square in the eye and responded:
You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel (1Samual 17:45-46, NKJV).
Clearly David did not see himself as a grasshopper in the eyes of this giant. He rose up and asserted himself in the truth of who God said he was.
God refers to us as kings and priests who have dominion and will reign on the earth. We are mighty in the land and will do great exploits. Our enemies will fear us and flee from us in seven directions, we are more than conquerors and our God always leads us in victory (Gen. 1:28, Deut 28:7, 10, Psalm 112:2, Romans 8:37)! Let’s take on life’s challenges as those who know our God, what He has done for us, and who we are through Christ. Then we can declare as David did “All the earth will know there is a God in Israel!”
“Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand” (Psalm 149:5-6, NKJV).
Questions: Why do we so often see ourselves as small and inadequate in the face of adversity? How can we develop an attitude like that which David had?
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