“Cutting Down Giants”

Have you ever come face-to-face with a “giant”? It could be someone powerful and imposing who stands in your way. Or a situation that arises that stops you in your tracks. Or an obstacle that blocks you from where you wanted to go. Most of us have faced “giants” at some point in our lives.

The Jewish people faced “giants” of their own. After God freed the Jewish people from a Life of Slavery in Egypt, the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness toward a New Life in a New Land. Nearly a year into their journey, they made it to Paran, just a few miles south of Canaan – the Promised Land. In the scripture for this week (Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33), Moses sent out spies (literally “explorers”) to scout out the land. The explorers returned with glowing reports, “It’s a land flowing with milk and honey.  The tress sag under the weight of ripe, sweet fruit.” There was just one problem, “The land is filled with giants. We seem like grasshoppers compared to them.”

They faced a choice: proceed into the land and life that God offered them; or turn around in fear of the “giants” that would block their way.

Regardless of whether the “giants” we face are indeed giant, or whether we have somehow misjudged their size, “giants” can be scary.  They disrupt our lives and can keep us living into the fullness of life that God offers.

Does the Christian faith offer anything to help us face the “giants” we encounter? You bet. It offers us a fresh perspective, a community of people, and a relationship with the God who walks with us every step of the way.

Today we gather for worship, that we might be strengthened to face the “giants” we encounter in life with faith, hope, and love.