1 Chronicles 20: Bringing down the Giants
Giants are kind of rare. You don’t come across them every day. However, in 1 Chronicles 20, it seems as if there were a variety of giants from Gath. For 10 bonus points, tell me someone else who is famous in the Bible and from Gath.
Goliath is the obvious answer, and in this case, it is the right answer. It seems as if there was something in the water over there.
If you remember back when David killed Goliath, he was the only one who had the courage to face the giant. Everybody else was trembling in fear.
Israel must have had a surge of confidence because in this chapter, we hear about three different giants, and they are killed by three different people. Of course, I don’t know if the situation was exactly the same as it was for David. They might not have had the choice to meet the giant. Perhaps they met on the battlefield and it was kind of a life or death situation that they had to address.
Nevertheless, they didn’t run away. They fought the giants, and they prevailed.
What had changed in Israel? As we like to say in business, the tone at the top had changed. Under new leadership, Israel was much closer to God, and there is no doubt that being closer to God is a good thing for your courage. God provides it, and He helps us overcome difficult times.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
We can get rid of our fear, and we can put on the power of God. We might not have the literal giants in our lives that we need to fight like they did in Israel, but we certainly have spiritual giants. There are many things in the world that try very persistently to keep us away from God. We need to take down these giants every day. God will help us do that.