Sanctified To Be Slayers of Giants

When we as God’s people are on our way to be saturated in greater blessings from the Lord, more often than not we may find ourselves facing giant obstacles to try to stop us from reaching our destiny. That’s what the nation of Israel found out on their way to the Promised Land. They had to overcome several hurdles on the way there. The biggest one they encountered was Og, the king of Bashan.

The Israelites were just minding the Lord’s business when Og decided to pick a fight with them because he recognized the calling the Lord had on them. Og’s heathen, devil-inspired sensibilities couldn’t stand the fact that God had just given Israel the victory over his heathen neighbor Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had also started a war with Israel. Those battles took place in Numbers 21, but later in Deuteronomy 3, Moses and the Israelites review in broader detail just what they were up against when the Lord gave them the victory.

In Deuteronomy 3 we find out that Israel had to conquer 60 cities ruled by Og (Deuteronomy 3:4). Many of them were fortresses with “high walls, gates, and bars” (Deuteronomy 3:5) which, undoubtedly, the pagan inhabitants assumed were impenetrable and made them invincible. But that was before they witnessed the power of Jehovah. We also discover here that Og was the last of his line of giants (Deuteronomy 3:11).

This account of how Israel, God’s chosen, defeated a giant with his giant army, giant cities, and giant false religion holds at least seven godly truths that we as Christians, God’s chosen, can apply today:

  1. God-given victories stimulate new energy. As the Israelites’ defeat of Sihon energetically prepared them for a showdown with Og, our victories, whether small, medium, or large, energize us for upcoming opponents.
  2. Victory incites the enlargement of our courage and the faith that accompanies it. Those who triumph because of the Lord are more prepared to humbly seek and wait for the Lord’s subsequent instructions. Pride is pushed out of the picture in order to stay close to God, recognizing that it’s the Lord who teaches our hands to war (Psalm 18:34; 144:1). “Faith promotes success, and success invigorates faith.”
  3. One victory paves the way to additional victories. When we see how God grants us victory over a less formidable foe, we come to realize that more stalwart foes with ginormous capabilities and resources at their disposal can still be defeated by the Almighty, our omnipotent Father.
  4. Courageous believers who take action in faith play an important role in the triumph of the whole church. Even when a few leaders boldly act out their faith, it encourages zeal throughout the ranks of the Lord’s army. Our enemies know this. That’s why they seek to destroy God’s word. It has an abundance of heroes who encourage today’s saints every day. And when today’s saints exhibit heroism, it spreads among the rest of us, prompting us to take a stand should the situation call for it.
  5. Real triumph brings long-lasting results. Just as the victories over Sihon and Og supplied Israel with lots of land and cities, our victories supply us with an innumerable amount of natural and spiritual blessings. Slaying Og the giant helped Israel see the importance of guarding what God blessed them with, to the point that Joshua and his army years later slew more giants–the Anakims (Joshua 11:21-22). Thus, we should also protect our blessings, taking great pains to pull down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
  6. Our victories should prompt brotherly sympathy. We should give honor and thanks to those who helped us succeed in godly endeavors, looking for opportunities to help them succeed in godly things.
  7. Triumphs should help us realize how much we owe God. When a giant enemy and their wicked schemes fail to succeed against us, our thanks should be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Victories should be an encouragement for us to build up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).

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