“Lord, be gracious to us; we long for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress” (Isaiah 33:2).
In the book David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, the author describes several people and circumstances that went against accepted wisdom, yet found successful outcomes. The author describes unlikely heroes, determined misfits, and oddballs who overcame what seemed the impossible to everyone around them.
Many disabled and chronically ill Christians can relate to the people and stories in such a book. For we too are looked upon as life’s losers–considered weak, sickly, diseased, and unable to perform mighty acts or deeds. We will never do many of the things that the world considers mighty or powerful or noteworthy.
Yet God sees every hurdle we overcome. He knows where others would fold under the weight of such difficulties, that instead we carry on in faith and hope in Him.
We do not give up, give in, or cash out. We are silent soldiers in an army of misfits that our Father treasures above the successful in this world, greater in His eyes than the mighty, the popular, or the famous.
There is a wisdom and strength that comes from suffering, and while we may not seek it, those who have endured one hard trial after another know what I am talking about.
Suffering gives us perspective, it shoves the non-essentials out of the way to bring the truly important things of life into a laser sharp focus.
While you may never face and defeat an actual giant, there will be many “Goliaths” in your life to overcome if you live with illness and disease.
Whatever your affliction, the very fact you are still here and face each day with everything that life throws at you means you are one of God’s silent heroes, a mighty man or woman in the Lord’s army.
Prayer: Dear Lord, life often beats us into the ground, but with Your help we rise up again, and again, and again. Thank You Lord for strengthening us in our weakness. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has faced many weaknesses and humiliations, but the Lord has given him victory over his giants through the power of Jesus Christ.
Have you taken stock of all the challenges the Lord has brought you through? It can change your perspective when facing future giants.