Are you being opposed by giants as you try to do what God has called you to do?
If you are, do the following so that you can deal with the giants in your life effectively:
1. Look but do not Focus on the GiantsTo look is glance or see something.
To focus is to fix your sight on the something.
Therefore, look at the giants opposing you so that you can know what is fighting you but do not focus on them.
Do not focus on the giants opposing you because when they fill your vision, you will lose sight of the vision that God has given you.
This means that you should not fill your mind with your gigantic problems by thinking about them day and night because this is one of the reasons that the Israelite army was not able to fight Goliath.
The Bible tells us that Goliath presented himself to the Israelite army for 40 days, morning and night. (1 Samuel 17:16)
Therefore every morning when King Saul and the Israelite army woke up and every evening before they went to sleep they saw was this giant wearing a bronze helmet and a coat of mail weighing 5000 shekels (around 125 lbs or 60 kg). His legs were also covered with a bronze armor and he carried a bronze javelin. He also had a spear which was as large as a weaver's beam and its iron head weighted 600 shekels (around 15 lbs or 7.5 kg). In addition, he also had an armor bearer carrying his shield in front of him. (1 Samuel 17:4-7)
Looking at this large giant covered with metal from his head to his legs most probably convinced King Saul and the Israelites that there was no way that they could defeat Goliath. They were thus unable to fight him because As a person thinks in their heart, so are they. (Proverbs 23:7)
So look at your giant so that you can know what type of problem you are dealing with and then instead of being fixated on the problem, shift your attention to finding a solution.
2. Listen but do not Heed the GiantsTo listen is to hear what is being said.
To heed is to pay careful attention to what is being said.
King Saul and the Israelite army not only saw this giant covered with metal twice a day but they also heard his taunts for he threatened them saying:
"Why have you come out for battle?
Am I not a Philistine and you the servants of Saul?
Choose a man for yourselves and let him come to fight me.
If he is able to win and kill me, then we will be your servants.
But if I win and kill him, then you shall be our servants.
I defy the armies of Israel. Give me a man so that we may fight" (1 Samuel 17:8-10)
The Bible tells us that Goliath's words made King Saul and the Israelites afraid and dismayed. (1 Samuel 17:11)
Therefore listen to what the giants opposing you are saying so that you can understand them but do not heed them since they will make you afraid and dismayed (distressed) like King Saul.
3. Do Not Fear the GiantsDavid did not fear Goliath for he said to King Saul, "Let not person's heart fail because of Goliath. I will go and fight with this Philistine." (1 Kings 17:32)
Joshua was also not afraid of the giants who were living in their Promised Land because he told the other Israelites, "Do not rebel against the Lord or fear the people of the land ... for the Lord is with us. Do not fear them. " (Numbers 14:9)
Therefore regardless of how size or number of the gigantic problems you are facing, do not fear them.
Look at them but instead of focusing on them focus on God's Word.
Listen to them but instead of heeding or obeying them, heed and obey God's Word which says, Do not be afraid or dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8), Do not be afraid or dismayed (Isaiah 41:10), Do not be afraid or dismayed (Joshua 1:9).