Where do you suppose the New York Giants got their name? I’m not researching it, just thinking that it’s not just a name or in honor of Jack’s enormous adversary at the top of the beanstalk. A giant is symbolic of something that presents such an obstacle that someone might consider it as impossible to defeat or overcome.
I watched the movie “Facing the Giants” yesterday. It’s about a football coach and a failing team at a Christian high school. His players are inspired by the coach’s faith in God. I recommend the .movie, by the way.
The word “giants” in the movie is two-fold. The team ends up playing against the Giants. Even more so, I believe it refers to the difficulties in the life of the coach and the challenges the team faces after a losing streak. Seemingly impossible odds for all.
The familiar account of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is an effective example of someone being used by God to accomplish His work, to overcome a seemingly impossible situation. Like the experiences of many other ordinary people through whom God accomplishes His great purposes, young David’s defeat of the big Philistine is an example for us. He had faith that God would enable him to overcome, so he pulled back the slingshot, aimed, and let that rock go. And the giant went down. Here’s the passage copied from BibleGateway.com:
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
We each have a giant in our lives. For many, their giant is unemployment and finances. Others may have chronic pain or illness, relationship issues, addictions, to name a few. Whatever your giant is, remember David. Trust in God. Know that God is a giant-killer.
Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
For the Super Bowl situation, I hope the Giants win. In life, I hope any giant you and I face will be defeated as we trust God to overcome.
Side note: I had recorded “Facing the Giants” last weekend on the GMC channel (Gospel Music Channel but it’s really just good, family, Christian entertainment). They ran “Fireproof” and “To Save a Life” on the same day.
Enjoy a clip of the movie and a song “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns.