In the story of David in 1 Samuel, he actually had to fight four other giants before he got to Goliath. They weren’t physical giants, but they were giants in his mind. You are far more likely to have to face those giants than a Goliath, but they can be just as big and intimidating, and they can keep you from becoming who God wants you to be and fulfilling the dream that God has put in your heart.
The first giant in facing your dream is delay. No dream is fulfilled instantly. God gives you the dream on one day, but he doesn’t fulfill it the next day. It may be years before you see the fulfillment of your life dream. There is always a waiting period.
In David’s case, his dad held him back from the dream. After Samuel anointed David as king, Jesse told David to get back to tending the sheep!
When God’s plan contradicts somebody else’s plan, there’s going to be a delay, and people are going to try to hold you back — sometimes even the people who love you the most. But God is faithful, and he will complete his work in you in his time.
The second giant you may face is discouragement. Goliath created a climate of fear in Israel, and everybody was convinced they were going to lose the battle.
Who are you listening to who says it can’t be done? Who is putting down your dream, saying it won’t ever happen?
Sometimes you just need a fresh voice — a kid from the village with fresh eyes who says, “This guy’s nothing. We can take him down.”
The third giant standing in your way is disapproval. In David’s case, his own brother questioned his motives and disapproved of him going after Goliath.
When other people are afraid of your God-given dream, but you go for it anyway, you will be misjudged, maligned, and misunderstood. You have to decide what matters more to you: the approval of other people or the approval of God.
The fourth giant you may have to face is doubt. Nobody was a greater expert on war than King Saul, and he told David he was crazy for thinking a boy could fight a warrior like Goliath.
Maybe the expert is saying you can’t do it, either. That’s enough to make you start doubting yourself.
While Sandra and I were at Saddleback church (Lake Forrest, California) last year, Pastor Rick Warren shared how when he was writing The Purpose Driven Life, he got a letter from the editor (which he later framed) that said, “This book will never work. Nobody’s going to read 40 chapters.” Well that book (published in 2002) topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts, with over 30 million copies sold by 2007! The Purpose Driven Life was also on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 90 weeks. In short, the experts are often wrong.