Goliath Must Fall
One of my favorite movies ever is Facing the Giants. I love it so much because I can relate to it so much. Most of us can. It’s a story about a man, Grant Taylor, who faces several challenges at once. Those challenges (his giants) test his faith to the max, but like David, Grant learns to trust the God who provides. Like David, with his faith in God alone, Grant knocks down his giants.
One of the scenes that plays over and over again in my mind is the scene where Grant’s wife faces her toughest test of faith. After a long hard battle that she might never win on this earth, she prays to God and tells Him that even if He does not provide this particular desire of her heart, she will still love Him. That was her turning point. Her slingshot was loaded. Her stone, at that moment, was hurled at her giant. Her Goliath fell.
So many prayers I’ve prayed for so many heart’s desires. Lord, please don’t give up on that person. Lord, please help me through this situation. Lord, please heal that person. Lord, please give me this. Lord, please provide that. Lord, please spare me these circumstances. Lord please . . . . and on and on and on. It occurred to me that I had never prayed, “Lord, this is my heart’s desire, but even if you don’t give it to me, I will still love You.”
Knocking down a Goliath doesn’t mean that God will deliver us from terrible circumstances. When we learn to place our total trust in the Lord, no matter what – the Goliath falls.
This is something I’m dealing with right now. I’m learning to slay giants one at a time. Instead of begging God to change my circumstances, uttering an Amen, and then going about my business, I’m learning to pour my heart’s desires at the feet of Jesus and then adding, “but even if you don’t, I will still love You.” [Read more…]