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I have shared with you all a little about my journey of living with anxiety in some of my earlier posts–The Freedom Found in Letting God and 10 Bible Verses to Calm Your Anxious Heart. I’m definitely no expert, and I’m still in the midst of overcoming this giant. However, I have felt God pushing me to share more about how I’ve been moving forward. I hope this can be an encouragement to those who know this struggle all too well. And, even for those who are fighting a battle that looks much different than mine.
Looking back to where I was almost nine months ago, I have come a long way since I finally accepted the fact that all of my symptoms were, in fact, indicators of anxiety. But as I’ve said before, I’ve also got a ways to go yet. Anxiety is no longer an every-single-day battle for me, but it is still something that I am living with that can completely take over sometimes. Thanks to a loving, kind-hearted, and wise mentor I have been blessed to come to know, I now have a number of “tools” in my toolbox that I have found that work for me when I start to become overwhelmed again.
This wise mentor of mine led me to begin reading the book Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio.
Giglio has struggled with the giant of anxiety throughout his life, which is what led him to write this book. In a nutshell, this national bestseller is an encouragement to those who have been overwhelmed by the giants life can throw at us such as rejection, fear, anger, comfort, addiction, etc., and are feeling defeated. So far I’ve found Giglio’s writing to be very easy to relate to. And, the insight he provides has been an inspiration to me as I continue on in my journey.
While there is so much I could share just from the first few chapters I’ve read, I want to share a point that really hit home and has stuck with me over the last few weeks.
In the first chapter of his book, Giglio retells the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17. Growing up in a Christian home and attending Christian school my entire life, I’ve heard this story more times than I can count. But this time, the story was told with a different twist.
Many times, Christians use this story as an encouragement to others to remain resilient in their faith through tough times, and as a reminder that we can do all things with the power of God behind us. While this is uplifting and all, there is a disastrous flaw when we use the story in this way. By assuming that we, ourselves, are David in this story, we’re completely missing the point. Sure, telling it this way might encourage others to go out and continue to stand strong through their battle and to bravely face their giant for a few days. That is, until they go on and realize that they are continuing to fail time and time again because, hey, they’re human.
Giglio completely turns this well-known story around by pointing out one very important detail: we are not David–Jesus is! I literally felt chills run through my entire body when I read this. It’s so obvious once you think about it, and yet, a lot of us have been missing the point this entire time!
This is the very reason that Jesus lived as a human, died an awful, ugly, and painful death on the cross, and rose again three days later. He already defeated Satan, which encompasses all of the potential giants we may face in this life. We don’t have to continue fighting them, because He has already fought for us. And, spoiler alert, He won! He gives us the ultimate victory.
Just a few days after reading this passage from Giglio’s book, we sang the song “The Lion and The Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave in church. God’s timing continually amazes me. I had tears in my eyes and the hairs on the back of my neck stood straight up as the words of the chorus filled the sanctuary:
“Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb”
As I sang these words, it was as if God was saying to me, “Don’t you see, my dear daughter? I have already overcome. Your giant of anxiety has been defeated. Allow me to give you this victory that cannot be found anywhere else. Let me give you the ultimate peace.” I was overwhelmed–but this time, in a good way. The feelings of gratitude, peace, and understanding of this amazing gift flooded my soul. And, I wondered how in the world I could have missed what has been right in front of me all along.
Whatever the giant is that you are facing today, whether it’s one that has been mentioned in this post or something entirely different, you can find the ultimate comfort in the truth that Jesus has already overcome. If you continue trying to defeat your giant, you will fail, of that I am sure.
Allow the truth of Jesus’ triumph to overwhelm you today. It is the only way to find true victory.
To get your very own copy of Louie Giglio’s book Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, see the link below: