Dragons and giants

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”G.K. Chesterton

Dragons are terrifying creatures. They can fly and the breathe fire. Dragons generally strike fear into the hearts of all who encounter them. Unless you are talking about the Reluctant Dragon but that is a story for another time.


There are giants among us, too. Like Goliath in the Bible they shout their threats and strike fear into all that can hear their voices.  These giants threaten our peace of mind, our joy, our comfort, and our general well-being. They are terrifying and they do exist.

Regardless of whether they are dragons or giants, they appear unstoppable.

The Bible knows that giants exist. The Bible also reminds us that giants can be killed.

When the giants of our day yell their threats, we are to be courageous. God is our champion and the battle is already won.

The battle is not won by the strongest or the smartest. Perhaps, one could make the argument that the battle is won by the bravest (if bravest means one who trust God enough to step toward the giant). But the Bible reminds us that it is God that fights the battle and it is God that gives us the victory.

God moves through our weakness, not our strength. That’s how God rolls. God moves through a little kid with a slingshot to defeat an armored giant with a spear and shield. Las Vegas would have Goliath odds at 1:1 and David would have odds around 1,000,000,000,000:1. Even with those odds, I don’t think anyone would really place a bet on David.

God is probably the greatest anti-hero around. I’ve written about this before in Jesus makes a lousy superhero. Jesus is called the Lion of Judah but is described as a slaughtered lamb. He was no Captain America or Iron Man. He was no superhero by any stretch of the imagination and yet, Jesus conquered death once and for all.

We know that dragons and giants exist, of that we are sure. We need to know that dragons and giants can be killed.  Knowing that God can use us to do it is empowering.

What dragons or giants do you face? How can God use your weakness to highlight his strength through you?

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