Giants represent great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites feared those in Canan. Joshua and Caleb calmed the fears of the Israelites and told them, in effect, that “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had be no giants to defeat” (Numbers 14:9). -Adapted from Streams in the Desert
The Israelite spies saw giants, but Joshua and Caleb saw God! Those who doubt still say today, “We can’t attack..they are stronger than we are” (Numbers 13:31). Yet those who believe say, “We should go up and take possession…for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30).
There are no enemies to your growth in grace, or to your Christian work, that were not included in your Savior’s victory. Remember, “The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because…I will hand all of them, slain, over to you” (Joshua 11:6). Also recall the fact that when you revisit your enemies, they “will flee from you” (James 4:7). And remember what Joshua said to the people: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 10:25). You are mighty because you are one with the Mightiest. So claim victory! -Adapted from Joshua, by F.B. Meyer
Jesus says that we are to come to Him with all of our weaknesses (physical, emotional, and spiritual) and turn those giants over to Him. He tells us to rest in the comfort of His Presence and to remember that nothing is impossible with Him. He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20) [-Adapted from selection in Jesus Calling]
I chose to introduce the Lent series with a reminder about our giants because I want to enter into Lent by first recognizing that everything we have is from Him, everything we are is because of Him, and everything we experience is ordained by Him. He was led to the cross for each one of us. His victory is our victory and because He overcame we are saved. Because He went to the cross we will overcome all of it. The battle is already won and because of that we can face our giants.
Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. My focus for this season of Lent is three-fold, using these 40 days to celebrate His sacrifice and my salvation, to purge distractions, and to find 40 ways to bless others. I’ll share what that looks like each week as it comes together because it is a work in progress (just like we all are!) and the first time I’ve ever done it. I’m also writing a daily wrap up and placing them inside a mason jar- I chose different shades of yellow paper because yellow symbolizes spring and re-birth to me- as a visual centerpiece of Lent.
(As you’re deciding how you and your family will intentionally celebrate Lent you might want to visit this site for what I thought were some really great ideas! )