By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Giants among men are those enshrined in history for having benefited mankind as a whole. Many seemingly insignificant men and women have been elevated above the norm, through abnormal actions, making them stand out among others. (Click to Listen) (Comment)
Scripture reveals how Saul, a choice young man, handsome to look upon; with no one among the children of Israel such as he; from his shoulders and upward he was taller than any of the people, and was chosen by God to be Israel's first king (1 Samuel 9:2).
In the first part of his reign all went well; however, he had a rebellious and jealous spirit; unwilling to share his power and popularity, and in the end was rejected by God as king because of disobedience (1 Samuel 9:26).
Many men in history have been elevated to the potential of being giants among men but in the end failed. Had Saul remained faithful in His calling to God; he would have been listed as such rather than go down in defeat.
The first mention of giants in God's Word is those the Israelites met when they entered into the Promised Land; giants who were tall, large-framed, powerful, and feared in the initial sighting. The best known giant was Goliath of Gath; champion of the Philistines, whom David as a youth slew (1 Samuel 17:51).
Goliath is described as huge in stature, was of great strength, well over nine feet tall, with his armor and weaponry weighing over 150 pounds. Goliath defied the armies of Israel; who in hearing his challenge, were dismayed and greatly afraid (1 Samuel 17:11).
There are seemingly giants among men today; individuals, organizations, who stand in opposition to God's Word, openly opposing it, drawing upon their own power to withstand it, who will in the end suffer defeat as Goliath.
Little David, who later became king, cried out: You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day will the Lord deliver you into my hand, and I shall smite you (1 Samuel 17:45-46).
David had mighty men, by his side, who became giants among men. One lifted up his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time. Another rose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and stuck to his sword; and the Lord brought a great victory that day.
Another, lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them. There were 37 such men mentioned, who became giants among men, in the roster of David's special forces, doing might deeds (2 Samuel 23:39).
The term giant is defined; not only as to one's stature and height, but a person of exceptional importance and reputation; extraordinary in strength and power. Similar words used are heroic, mighty, and towers of strength.
In the faith chapter, in the Book of Hebrews, it reveals many who would become giants among men, who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, grew valiant in battle, turned to flight opposing armies (Hebrews 11:33-34).
It also mentioned those who were not readily identified as such: Those who were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: others had trial of cruel mocking and scourging, of chains and imprisonment (Hebrews 11:35-36).
There are many in our own generation who have become giants among men; through not outwardly noted as such. When one takes a stand for the Lord; they may not be looked upon favorable by a generation of the ungodly, but in the sight of God they stand out as true giants of faith.
We are witnessing a fallen world which is allowing the seed of the corruptness of man to be elevated rather than demoted. In America, and elsewhere, there is an onrush of ungodliness that does not promote giants among men in a godly manner.
There are those who are highlighted in the news of our day; as being giants among men, through mainstream news outlets, the social media, and other means, who encourages the evilness of our day rather than oppose it.
The immorality of the nation has allowed the election of the ungodly to help promote the evilness of the land. A Sunday school commentary noted: Facing the avoidable judgment of God, society continues to drift deeper and deeper into sinfulness and immorality that makes our day akin to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
There is a seeding of immorality with not many little David's to oppose such in the name of the Lord. Goliath must have seemed much taller to David, a mere boy, not even yet a man; yet because of faith in God David literally ran to meet his foe!
We are seeing seemingly giants in the land amassed together to defeat any godly cause; with a battle being waged that often seems one-sided. Thank God for those, as little David, who will be give in; nor cower, but openly oppose!
Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). That all who will be godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Evil men, and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving many, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
Many today covet present day ungodly lifestyles that are in opposition to God's Word. They have become programmed into acceptance of such. Even the Church, in many Western nations, have come to accept that which is condemned in God's Word.
A Sunday school commentary noted: All around us are the signs that modern man refuses to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young evangelist that the time will come when many will not endure sound doctrine. They shall turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:4).
We are seeing the Church deviate from the truths of God's Word, in these latter days, in many Western nations, while others in Third World nations, cling to the Word of God in faith. Such are becoming giants among men; while others are drifting away from such a status, allowing worldly influences to outweigh any previous stand.
A commentary noted: Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. We need more to become giants among men; to stand for Christ, and the Word of God! Not to be deceived by those who shout the loudest; but to stand in these latter days for the truths of God's Word!