God did not call David to fight all the giants . . . only the one in front of him.
We all know Goliath as being a giant from Gath. But did you know he was only one of five giants? 2 Samuel 21:15-22 records the slaying of the other four giants – all by the hand of David and his servants, later on in David’s reign as king.
When I realized this, I was struck with how David did not immediately concern himself with all those other giants. When he walked up to Goliath with that little sling, he had one purpose in mind. And that purpose was to defeat the giant that stood before him . . . the one that was defying the Living God.
He recognized the immediate danger of Goliath. His focus was not on figuring out how to conquer the other four giants far away. He knew the incredible threat this one giant posed to his nation and to himself.
The Giants in Our Hearts
How many times do I completely miss the inherent jeopardy my soul is in by turning my focus on giants in other lands? This is so easy to do by not recognizing the giant that is right in front of me . . . and more times than not, it is one that resides within my own heart.
I am better off slaying the giant in my own heart, than to focus on the giant in another person’s heart.
John Wesley said this: “Give me 100 preachers who desire nothing but God, and fear nothing but sin. Such alone will shake the gates of hell.”
It has taken me a long time, but I am realizing there is one thing that can truly grip my soul with fear – and that is the sin that lurks within my heart. For it holds the power that nothing else on earth holds. And that is the power to keep me from seeing my Jesus.
I cannot conquer the giants that dwell in another person’s heart, but I can learn to despise and slay the giants of sin and selfishness that have taken up residence in mine.