“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (Deuteronomy 6:4, NKJV)
The Bible states very clearly in several books that giants existed in days of old. The implication for each of us from biblical narrative is this: no matter the giant you face, you can conquer it.
From the very beginning these giants were the product of demonic entities who had sexual relations with women of the day; the product of which were giants. We must first understand that giants sent as some character test from the Lord, but when we face them, He may display His power through us, if we will only believe He can do it. To do so requires faith and trust, which are not the same. I may have “faith” in God that He loves me, wants the best for me and that one day I will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. To “trust”, however is another matter. To trust in God, I must give Him the best and the worst days of my life. I must trust Him when I don’t know where the next paycheck is coming from, or to preserve me when my life is shattered in the worst possible way.
In the book of Numbers, we see the descendants of the giants alive and well: “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 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 13:32-33, NKJV).
God told Moses to spy out a land (the modern nation of Israel) that He intended to give to His people. He wanted them to go throughout the land, to see whether the inhabitants were weak or strong, whether the land was fruitful or barren and to bring back some of the fruit as evidence and a testimony to the people. Of course, God already knew what was there. But He wanted the people to consider that with Him in their corner, there was nothing they would face that would hinder them from achieving what He’d sent them to do.
All too often, we allow our senses to dominate us rather than our faith. The story goes that while twelve spies went in, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report; that they were well able to take the land and conquer the giants. The other ten, because of their doubt, never saw the promised land, nor does anyone remember their names.
Conquering giants means we have an abiding trust in God, that He will never fail us and that wherever He sends us, He does so with an outcome of victory already planned. We need only know Him, so that we may trust Him.
Whatever giants you’re facing today, I encourage you to know and trust that God will empower you to conquer your giants.
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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