The bigger your faith grows, the smaller your giants look!
There are things in our life that need to be tackled and thrown to the ground, but from a natural standpoint, it seems impossible! I remember hiding my eyes under my covers one night when I was a little girl because there was a huge man in my room! He was as tall as the ceiling and I was so afraid that I wouldn’t open my eyes and look up until Mother came in to make sure I was covered and turned on the light! Turns out that the “man” was my dad’s coat, which was on a big wooden hanger, hanging on my door! It was a simple thing, but to a little girl it looked like a scary monster!
The shepherd David had protected his flock of sheep from invading bears, lions and probably ravening wolves! The practice he got and the strength he gained by fighting and defeating those wild animals gave him the courage he needed to fight Goliath the giant.
Fear is Faith perverted, it makes the smallest problems seem impossible, but when you can give it to God, He is able to “bring it down to size”!
Hebrews 11:1-3 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
To have perfect faith, you have to become like a child in that a child believes everything you tell him! If you hide your face behind your hand, then pop out and say BOO, he really is surprised because he really thought you were gone! If you tell him there is a Santa he will defend that jolly old Saint to all of his non-believing friends. We have to believe God with the same childlike tenacity!
Verses 5-6 of Hebrews 11 says, By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Job retained his faith in God when was tried! He suffered the loss of his family and his properties, plus he was covered with boils! He sat on a dung heap and scraped them with a broken piece of pottery, just trying to feel better. He went from bad to worse and then his wife capped it all off by asking him why he didn’t just “curse God and die”! Job was faithful in the face of losing everything and then endured all his well meaning friends, commonly referred to as “Job’s comforters”, telling him that he must have lived in sin or displeased God in some way or this would not be happening to him. It wasn’t until Job, feeling lower than a snake’s belly, actually prayed for those “friends”, that is when God put a halt to all that Satan had put on him. From that point his fortune began to rebuild, he had more children, he regained his properties, he had it all and on top of that, seven times more!
OK you’ve heard all those stories before, I have told you bout them myself, recently, has it helped? Are you disappointed in yourself?
In thinking of these things and feeling disappointed in myself the lyrics from a song way in the past began to circulate in the recesses of my brain until it came to the front. I Googled it and read the words, it begins: “I can’t count the times, because of me your heart’s been broken and I have seen you hurt because of angry words I’ve spoken But somehow you always knew when I hurt you I never meant to, We keep rising above it all like the sun on wings of morning and the hurt can’t make us fall we keep rising above it all.”
Looking back over the past few months I wonder “is there something I need to make right?” Sometimes my mouth runs off while my brain is constipated, and I say things that “were better left unsaid“. Maybe we are all guilty of that one. How have I disappointed myself? I will plead the fifth for the moment, but I wonder if I have disappointed me, what must God think of me? I feel have let Him down in so many ways, my attitude gets in my way, hurts I have suffered are allowed to simmer and boil, knowing that if I indulge in the feeling I will be like the thirsting man who goes to the pond knowing it is poisoned, but taking great drafts of it to quench his thirst. In yielding to the temptation of drinking this bitter cup, it is drinking the poison and expecting our enemies to die, it doesn’t happen, we only harm ourselves.
So now what? Climb up on God’s lap and look down at your giant problems, you will find they look a lot smaller from up there and when you see yourself through the eyes of God I can promise you will not be disappointed any longer.