Watch Your Giants Fall

If we do what is difficult, God will do what is impossible.  This was a quote that I heard on the radio this week as I was driving into work. It reminds me of a verse Luke 18:27 where Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  It reminds us that God has provided a way for us to have eternal life and can also help us overcome difficulty.   It takes faith to look at a situation and believe that it will change.

When you think about people in the Bible that allowed God to use them to do something difficult, it reminds us that there isn’t anything impossible.  God blessed Abraham with descendants as many as the stars in the sky.  He was with Job when his world had crumbled all around him.  He used a Jewish woman named Esther to become queen so that the Jewish people would be protected.  He saved Joseph when his brothers had tried to kill him and later Joseph was able to save his family from a drought.  There are so many stories that help us to see how God can do the impossible.  My favorite is the story of David.

David was the smallest of Jesse’s eight sons and probably the least likely to become king but he was anointed by Samuel to replace Saul.  David showed that he could do something impossible by killing Goliath, the nine-foot giant.  He first had to choose to do something difficult by taking a few small stones and a slingshot.  After proclaiming God’s name, he took a stone and slayed the giant.  It is such a great story that is told in many childhood Sunday School classrooms and Vacation Bible Schools.  Now as an adult, close your eyes and think about yourself in that area as David steps forward with the stones in his hand facing a giant that stepped up to the line.  The giant is laughing at this little boy with rocks in his hand.  David isn’t afraid because he knows God is ready to fight for him.

There is a song that is played on Christian radio called “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli.  The chorus says:  Don’t you be afraid of giants in your way.  With God, you know that anything’s possible so step into the fight, He’s right there by your side.  The stones inside your hand might be small but watch the giants fall.”

small stonesSometimes we face difficulties in our life and we want to just hide until they pass.  From personal experience, I must be careful not to just stay in bed and wait for it to be over.  Truthfully, the difficulty may not pass until we face it head on and keep moving.  Facing a problem can help you become stronger because you learn to trust God during the situation.  It can be anything from just physically moving from one room to another to overcoming anxiety or dealing with a difficult person.  Don’t put your head in the sand, put your head up to the sky and give that problem to God.  Start each day with a fresh breath as you inhale the strength of God and exhale the difficult problem you are facing.  It may even take a couple of breaths – inhale strength of God, exhale the difficult problem.

If we do what is difficult, God will do what is impossible.  Live this way, facing life head on and believing in God who gives you strength and courage.  Then, watch your giants fall!

A River in a Desert

Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My chosen people.”

Six years ago, my husband and I faced a decision that was very hard to make.  It was a decision to leave a church and step out on faith not knowing where the road would take us.  We felt as if God had another place for us, where we would not only be loved, but where we could serve God in the way that we knew He had planned for us.  We also wanted it to be in a place where our young daughter would see Godly examples around her.  Stepping out on faith was hard.  It meant a loss in income over time and my return to full time employment.  It was a desert because we did not know what the future was going to hold for us.  The verse in Isaiah was a promise that although, at times, it felt that we were stranded in a desert, God promised that he would make a way for us.  The happy ending to that desert was that God brought us to a new church.  My husband thrived in his gift to preach and teach the word of God to people who desired to hear and apply it.  Our daughter was immediately surrounded with Godly examples and we all were loved by everyone beyond what we ever expected.

However, that is not the end of my story.  Once again, I find myself in an eerily similar circumstance.  The future is once again unseen and unsure.  What I do know is that God is faithful in His word, over and over, again and again.  Let’s break down that verse – in true Pastor fashion.  (I was married to him for 20 years and he taught me well!)

In Isaiah 43:19 it begins with saying that He would do something new.  This eludes to something that hasn’t happened yet, something new and wonderful that will surpass what He had formerly done.  Nothing is impossible with God and we can look for the blessings that God has promised.  I know that as we (and the church) continue to mourn the passing of him, we must continue to look for what the new thing is that God wants to do.  It also says that it shall spring forth.  What do you think when you hear that phrase?  I think of a bud opening and blooming like a flower or a shoot of grass or plant coming up new from the ground.  It is a happy feeling thinking of spring.  Will you not be aware of it?  We have to be careful to keep our focus in the right place.  We still need to worship together, serve together and unite so that we will be aware when God is working among us.  I will make a roadway in the wilderness.  When we are walking in a fog or in an unfamiliar place, it helps to be able to follow a road or path.  It keeps us on target so that we don’t get lost.  Being lost and separated from God breaks our fellowship with him and it prevents us from receiving the blessing that he might have for us.  Rivers in the desert – Have you ever been in a desert and suddenly a river popped up?  Not a stream…not a bubbling brook – a river!!  We are talking Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri RIVER.  That is what God is promising here.  He will put a river in our desert.  This is the river of Life, the living water, this is what we need to survive.  It will come in abundant supply.

There is always a path in the wilderness as we look for the river in the desert.