Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Giant?
By Cathy Irvin
Remember the nursery rhyme we heard as a child, “Who’s
Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” The wolf responded and said,
“I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow
your house down” every time each little pig built his house.
Two out of three did not build very well, and they were left with
houses that would not stand. The last little pig was smart, so
he built his house out of bricks. He had an immovable house.
We must build our house -- our spiritual house -- on the solid
rock, and that is Jesus. He is the only firm foundation. We build
our foundation upon His Word and a reliance on the Holy Spirit
to help us. All else is sinking sand.
In the Old Testament, a group of Israelites went to spy out some
land and came back utterly intimidated by the giants they saw
The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce,
their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw
descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in
the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country;
and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea
and along the Jordan.
Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said,
"Let's go up and take the land--now. We can do it."
But the others said, "We can't attack those people; they're
way stronger than we are." They spread scary rumors among
the people of Israel. They said, "We scouted out the land
from one end to the other -- it's a land that swallows people
whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim
giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them
we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if
we were grasshoppers." Numbers 13:28-33, The Message
Notice the statement in the last verse. Some of the Israelites
commented, “We felt like grasshoppers.” If that
is how they visualized themselves, then they would surely be afraid
of the giants. The giants saw their fear and knew they didn’t
have any confidence in themselves.
Caleb, however, had a different response: “Let us take the
land. We can do it.” He was smart like the third little
pig in the nursery rhyme. He put faith out there to see a land
of milk and honey, not in what he saw in the natural, with those
As children of God, we must know who we are in Christ. The Bible
says, “We are more than conquerors.”
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain
a surpassing victory through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37, Amplified Bible
We are not defeated. The Lord gives us weapons of warfare to
defeat every onslaught of the giants.
For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of
flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow
and destruction of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4, Amplified Bible
Sure, there are giants of every kind, but we are the ones who
will put those giants on the run if we grab hold of the Word of
God. We need to rise up and claim what rightly belongs to us as
believers in Christ.
Fear and depression are giants, just to name a few. But there
is good news:
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and
have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the
antichrist], because He who lives in you is greater (mightier)
than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4, Amplified Bible
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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.
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