In his book, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes, “What you believe about God will determine what you do and how you live.” What do you believe about God? Do you believe He is able to kill your giants? If you were a little shepherd boy faced with Goliath, would you have worn King Saul’s armor or would you have had the faith to believe that God would enable you to defeat the giant with what was in your hand?
What is your giant? What is in your hand?
When my two young boys were in a car wreck in 1998, I was faced with the biggest giant of my life. Could I forgive my ex-husband for driving under the influence of several narcotics? Could I forgive him for being responsible for the death of our youngest son, Jake? Could I forgive him for putting our other son, Garrett, in Children’s Hospital with multiple injuries?
I don’t think I had any choice.
When David was faced with the giant, listen to his words: “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
I wasn’t a shepherd boy, but I had experience fighting things that threatened to take my life. For the ten years prior to the accident, the Lord delivered me from the paw of oppression and abuse. I had to believe that He would also deliver me from the hand of the giant of grief. Otherwise, the giant would kill me instead.
Most people fight giants with the armor of this world. The world’s response to tragedy and injustice is often revenge and justified anger.
When David went to fight the giant, Saul gave him his armor, but it weighed too much for David. He couldn’t move around in it. Instead, he chose to use what was familiar to him. His weapons were different. He used five smooth stones.
Likewise, the weapons of this world were too heavy for me. I couldn’t move around in bitterness and the world’s justice. Instead, I picked up God’s weapons to fight my giant—5 smooth stones to hit the enemy between the eyes and knock him down to the ground. It doesn’t sound very ladylike, but then—I chopped his big ole ugly head off!
Here are my five smooth stones:
- Greater is He is me than he that is in the world.
- He that dwells in the secret place will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He shall command His angels concerning me to guard me in all of my ways. No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
- God makes all things work together for His good.
- His grace is sufficient. His power is perfected in our weakness.
- He gives me a garment of praise for a spirit of despair.
You don’t need the weapons of this world. God’s word is more powerful than a two-edged sword. Get out your five smooth stones and get ready to cut off your giant’s head!
Dear Heavenly Father, please surround my sister with your grace to face her own giants. When she is discouraged, I pray you would remind her of the strength she has available in You. May she dwell in Your secret place encapsulated by the joy and peace you have for her. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Questions to Ponder:
1. When giants threaten your world, what is your typical response?
A) I run and hide in a “winepress” like Gideon, full of fear and doubt.
B) I gather my troops, constuct a battle plan and wage war.
C) I don’t need anyone’s help. Like Samson, I face them dead on in my own strength.
D) I grab my five smooths stones like David and tackle my giant with the Word of God.
2. The world’s response to injustice is often retaliation, but God’s response is restoration. How can you apply this concept to your own giants?
3. Read over my five smooth stones. Have you used any of these in facing your own giants? If so, when? What other stones can you think of?
An extra assignment for my prayer warriors:
My ex-husband needs a revelation that God’s power and grace is sufficient for him as well. The best ending to this story would be to see Bob set free from the giant of addiction and false beliefs of failure that have consumed his life. Would you pray that Bob’s life would be radically transformed by not just the head knowledge of God’s power, but the transforming power of God manifest in his life through complete deliverance? I’d love to have a multitude witness the miracle of God restoring his life. It’s never too late!
Love the 5 smooth stone analogy to our strength scriptures! And I love Chicken Soup for the Soul! And I just said a little prayer for Bob!
My Giant — sorrow
I need help to get rid of my giant – purchasing a timeshare and not being able to get rid of it. Help me with 5 stones
Love how God works in our lives – praise Him for working miracles – we just have to listen and be obedient. Praying for Bob! (You are a blessing!)
my giant- hurt. Forgiven, now how to forget?
My Giant – depression. Praying for Bob, and my ex-Giant, Greg.
Fear of rejection from my family and peers.
My giant- the world it’s easy to forget your not living for others your living for God.I’m a people pleaser, I don’t like to make anyone mad I try to make peace of everything but we can’t always do that in this world some people are just not easy to please and that’s where I have to remind myself I’m not living for there approval I’m living for my God Jesus Christ.
Thanks Christy! I definitely need to post these 5 smooth stones all over the place, as a reminder of how to face the giants in my life!!!
What a wonderful analogy, and grief is certainly one of the biggest giants. Thank you! How is John doing?
The State of Kansas!!!! Trying to get certified to teach school after teaching in TEXAS for 20 years and the state of Kansas is impossible….Prayers going out to BOB, please pray for me I am teaching full-time 3 preps, and taking 10 hours, its insane….
I am insane, God free me from this Giant!!!!
Divorce was my giant, but over this past 8 years as a single mom God has held me and my 2 kids as I hold onto to the promise of my smooth stone Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young”
Prayers for you and for Bob.
My giant is fear of failure; I want so much to be a success no matter what it is and feel a crippling fear overwhelm me. This fear causes failure in me. That is why I do not have my driver’s license. I only have a permit. The analogy you used was really good.My Pastor says that the 5 smooth stones represent J”e”s”u”s. Jesus will never leave or forsake you. I was really impressed with the forgiveness that you have shown for your ex-husband, by asking people to pray for him. Christy you are a major blessing to others.
I have an ex similar to yours although he did not cause a loss in the family. I have struggled for six years with prayers for him as he has caused me years fo grief after I divorced him. When I met you at a seminar three years ago and heard your story it gave me so much strength to find prayer in my heart for him. This past year has had less drama, I think it’s working. 🙂
The five stones would be a great help for me to remember when going through touch times. What a blessing!
What is my Giant? Self!
My giant – my past mistakes!
my giant is cancer my daughter is battling it right now and it is a struggle
Giant: Mine & my husbands health, our daughter’s lifestyle.
Giant Slayer: God & His Word being poured out on us & through us to help others.
Praying for your ex-husband.
Christy, I will pray for Bob. We know that God can do all things. I pray that Bob opens his heart to God and allow Him to do a work within him to release the giants attempted to take over what belongs to God.
God’s Word is a Powerful Weapon!
Neglect – Have a family member that is neglecting to turn their life over to God, but I keep on believing, because we have a big God, who can do the impossible – just like David killing the giant. All things are possible, when we pray and leave it in the hands of God. I believe and praying that your ex-husband will see the light and turn his life over to the one that died for our sins. He did this for everyone.
Having Unconditional LOVE, even when others seem to be your enemy!! My 5 stones of defense are these: 1) Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet. 2) Making room for love for them in my heart by letting go of what was not God’s part. 3) …among the survivors whom the Lord calls. 4) knowing that their insults fall on Him. 5) … In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
I really liked this Christy! You don’t have to put me in the drawing, I just wanted to comment and tell you how much I enjoy reading what you write! I know you are doing so much and blessing so many with your story of Jake. I need to learn to forgive Bob too, even though I don’t agree with him. I have a hard time forgiving people who do real wrong to people I love. I guess that is my giant. I love you and Dad so so much!!! =)
Good analogies, said a prayer for Bob
Thank you for your work for the Lord
This was exactly what I needed to hear today! Spoke to my heart and helped me greatly with my giants.
Praying for Bob.
Thank you for inspiring me to stay focused on God’s Word.
Thank you for the encouraging words Christy! God’s truth is so freeing and I am ready to face my giant. I need to work on getting healthy and fit. I understand that it might take longer than I want to get in shape, but I know that God’s timing is perfect for me. I can feel a weight being lifted as I type this because I know I can do it if I trust in God. Thanks again for speaking the truth! You are a blessing!!!!
I absolutely loved reading all of your comments!! I especially loved seeing how the trend emerged to share what your giant was. I’m praying for all of your giants to be slayed!
I wish I could pick all of you to receive a book, but this week’s winner is Pam Gray! Keep checking back, though, because I’ll have another give away soon!
Sorry it has taken me so long to get your latest read. Your words are always a blessing. You are an inspiration to so many, and I’m looking forward to seeing what God is going to do with you next. It will be great! I will pray for Bob
This is my third marriage my husband is a hoarder I cannot live in that house I I have been staying at my mom’s for The last 5 years and I have asked him for a divorce but he says he’s working on the house he helps me a lot with my grandkids which are not legally his but he is great with them he helps me here at my mom’s house. He stays here at my mom’s house at night till 4:30 in the morning and goes to the other house to let the dog out. I feel like he’s living a double life I don’t trust him, I feel hurt frustrated we have reached out to our pastor but he’s busy especially with this coronavirus situation. Feeling frustrated lonely and at my husband does not love me enough to get rid of all those things in that house. Help
Living with someone who compulsively collects things can be very frustrating, but the statement you made, “I wish he loved me enough to get rid of them,” will only lead to more frustration. The truth is that his attachment to things has more to do with him and his own insecurities and fears than how much he loves you. It may feel like he doesn’t love you, but his capacity to show that love is compromised by his own obsession and inability to part with things that offer synthetic security. Trying to change someone who is not willing to change is the wrong approach. Even if someone verbally promises to change, their actions show whether or not they are truly motivated and capable of maintaining progress toward their promise. Bottom line: We can only change ourselves. When we come to terms with that truth, we can make better decisions about what we are willing to tolerate and how we want to move forward.
Living with an alcoholic, narcissitic husband waers me down I realize that its only God strength I am able to stand. Thank you for the 5 smooth stones. I will fight a different fight now.
Stay in the fight Veronica! God is your refuge!