Unbeknownst to many, I’ve always suffered from a pretty hefty dose of test anxiety. I mean sweaty palms, heart palpitation, stomach in knots, hard to breathe test anxiety. Throughout high school and college I managed to hide it fairly well. Recently, I had a test of enormous proportions; I mean life altering, career changing proportions. I know God got tired of me talking to Him about that test because I got tired of myself, lol. Well, I was listening to a sermon in which the preacher was encouraging us to be Giant Killers! The entire sermon resonated with me so strongly and when my anxiety would creep in I would think back to that sermon telling myself that “I am a Giant Killer!”
The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them. Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield. Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken. (I Samuel 17:1-11 NLT)
Now imagine Goliath as my test (or your test, whatever it is)!! Lord, how can I overcome such a tremendous feat as this giant! He’s taller than any NBA player and wears clothes that weigh more than some people!! Or in my case, the amount of information covered on this test is immense; how can I be sure that I will know it all! Lord, if I don’t pass this test, I won’t be able to practice and that defeats the entire purpose of having gone to school all these years. Lord, this test costs too much money not to succeed. Lord, so many people are looking at me, counting on me to do well, what if I fail? Lord, Lord, Lord? I was losing sleep (which, by the way, is already hard to come by with an infant, lol). My thoughts of the test were “all consuming”. The test basically directed my life. If I wasn’t studying I felt guilty, as if I was wasting time even though the things I was doing were very important! The pressure was on and in my mind this was my Goliath!!!
“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
…[David] picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy…
As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head. (I Samuel 32-34; 40-42; 48-49NLT)
So here is little ole David, the shepherd boy, not even a warrior and his only weapon was a slingshot and stone!! From the outside, David defeating Goliath seemed impossible! Many believed it couldn’t be done! I’m sure they thought David was crazy but David was a Giant Killer!! It looks as if David was unprepared but God had prepared him mightily!
I was so motivated by David and with the confidence of God and strength of a “giant” in my own right I too would become a Giant Killer! I had to remind myself that God had equipped me with the armor to slay my giant!! I had been a good student despite many challenges! I had acquired mounds of knowledge with His help! I finished my graduate program only having made one ‘B’! Surely, I could conquer this last mountain, right? God had prepared me too! All I had to do was defeat the devil’s tactics of fear, uncertainty, and extreme nervousness. This wasn’t an easy task but after learning to rest in the certainty and assuredness of God, I did in fact slay my giant!
Think about the “giants” in your life, whatever they may be. There’s a little of David in all of us. With God you have all you need to be a GIANT KILLER!
Thank You for making Your children Giant Killers! Thank You for equipping us with what we need during our obstacles. Help us, Lord, to rely on Your promises and Your word with all challenges in our lives. We know we aren’t to be ruled by fear and doubt because You didn’t give it to us. Thank You for blessing and keeping us in spite of ourselves. Continue to strengthen our faith and courage Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Giant killing women, I EMPOWER you to walk in the authority given to you from God! I EMPOWER you to find your “David” and use it in your challenging situations. I EMPOWER you to slay problems and adversities of all kind whether it be dealing with relationships, jobs, children, addiction, illness, finances and etc. with the help of the Lord. I EMPOWER you not to let your situations and circumstances rule or consume you. I EMPOWER you to turn them over to Lord and seek His direction for overcoming! I EMPOWER you to be a GIANT KILLER!
In case you missed “Slaying Goliaths” earlier this week, check it out here.
Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a registered nurse and recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.