Let's face it, we've all got giants. You know, those things in our lives that loom over us and rob us of our peace of mind and cast a shadow on our faith. Giant things like chronic illness, our jobs, our children and our own insecurities that constantly plague us.
This morning I read in Deuteronomy 9 Moses saying to the people, "Who can stand against the Anakites? But, be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire."
The Anakites, remember, were the giants that Caleb, Joshua and the other ten saw when they went to scout out the promised land. The ten were afraid of the giants and their size and didn't think they could go in and take them even though God promised them the land. Caleb and Joshua on the other hand focused on God and His promises and tried to tell the people that God would take care of the giants and give the land over to them.
When I was younger and I didn't want to face something I would ignore it and hoped that it would go away. It never did. In fact, the problem usually got bigger! We can't ignore the giants in our life. We must face them. Max Lacado says in his book, "Facing Your Giants", "focus first, and most, on God. The times (King) David did, giants fell. The days he didn't David did. Have you fallen and can't get up?
Moses is telling the Israelites to focus on God, not the giants. God is the one who goes across AHEAD of you. The same truth is for you and me. God is the one who goes AHEAD of us. God will not lead us to a place that He has not already gone ahead of and prepared for us. Yes, there may be giants in the way but, God promises to devour them like a raging fire. God is faithful and keeps His promises.
You and I must focus on God and his might. Today, take your eyes off your problem and focus them on God. Today, focus on His word and His truth.
In the words of Helen Lemmel, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace."
May you see the glory of God today.
Love in Christ,