There are times when quitting seems good. It seems convenient. Things seem to get too difficult so you just stop doing them. During a race; the runner’s body is sore, aching from pains shooting throughout the body. The runner’s mind is struggling to comprehend why he or she chose to run, ‘why go through so much pain?’
In 1 Samuel 17, Goliath was intimidating the Israelites. No one wanted to fight him because everyone is scared of this giant. Everyone except for David. David, a young shepherd boy, decided that he was going to fight Goliath. Everyone, including many of his fellow Israelites, thought he was crazy. But because no one else wanted to fight Goliath, they reluctantly let David fight the Giant. There is just one problem for Goliath though, David has the Lord on his side and his faith is strong. David picked up a few stones and grabbed his sling. Goliath even told the Israelites to put forth another man to fight him, because he didn’t want to kill the young shepherd boy. But, David insisted. He slung one of the stones at Goliath and struck him dead.
David looked at the temptation of quitting right in the eye and said ‘no.’ Instead, he allowed his faith in God to kill the Giant. What David lacked in size, God made up for by being with him. Likewise, God is with us today. We struggle with pain, loss, sin, anger, hatred. But yet, we have a God that loves us enough to have sent his Son to Earth to die on a cross for our sins (John 3:16). And nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). On the cross, God’s love took down our Giants.
So next time you think about quitting, think about David. He took down a giant because of his faith. We all have giants in our lives, but if we remain faithful to God, he will knock them down. Don’t quit, have faith in God! Do good things this week!