Giants in the Valley

As you make your way through life, you need to remember there are giants in every valley ready to take you into bondage.  That was Goliath’s intention as he confronted Israel’s army in the valley of Elah.  The enemy always seeks to take every advantage against you, and attacking you in the confined area of a valley is one of them.  The valley represents the low points in your life and the seasons when you are not at the top of your game.  We all go through valleys, and some are longer, darker, and more challenging than others.  It’s in those valleys that you should stay on high alert for the enemy’s attack.

When you are in a valley, giants appear to be bigger than they really are.  Now Goliath truly was a giant of a man and his appearance was described in detail.

And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height [was] six cubits and a span. 5 [He had] a bronze helmet on his head, and he [was] armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat [was] five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And [he had] bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear [was] like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead [weighed] six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him.“ I Samuel 17:4-7

It’s true that in our valleys we tend to notice the details of our enemy and we do that because our vision is not what it is when we are on a mountain and standing tall in our faith and full of strength.  The intention of the enemy is to capture your attention before capturing your life and taking you in to bondage.  Our struggle is all the same when we are in the valley.  We struggle to see that our God is bigger than the giants towering over us.  The giants want you to feel small in the valley, but David showed us that even though valleys make giants look unstoppable, you can still believe by faith that God is greater, bigger, and stronger than any giants you’ll ever face.  I can promise you there is a giant somewhere in every valley, but we can praise God today because He is not only God on the mountain, but He is God in the valley.  Who is like our God, creator of heaven and earth?  Who is like our conquering King, slayer of giants?  Be encouraged today, even if you’re in a hard place in your life, God is bigger than whatever comes against you.  Practice saying that over and over, “God is bigger!”

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