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Slaying Your Giants so Your Kids Don’t Have To

There were more giants than just Goliath. There were probably four more at that great battle where David killed Goliath. We need to look at one of these other giants and take very seriously the lesson we learn from his slaying.

2 Samuel 21:15–22 introduces us to these four other giants. It’s the last one we’re considering here. Scripture says, ” Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of  great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty­ four in number; and he also was born to the giant. So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.”

This final giant is nameless. To me, he represents every freakish, devilish, intimidating and faith-defying giant that we are encountering in this world. He has twenty-four fingers, twenty-four toes and he’s openly defying the people of God.

This nameless giant is killed by Jonathan—David’s nephew not Saul’s son. He was the son of David’s brother, Shimeah.

What’s the point? He should have been killed by Shimeah. All of David’s brothers were at the battle and Shimeah was an older brother to David. He should have been taking on this nameless giant, not waiting until his son to kill him.

What’s also important? Shimeah means “astonished.” Here’s the picture of a father standing by, astonished, and paralyzed by fear. He just stood there helpless instead of killing that giant. He let it go, he didn’t act. And, as a result, his son had to do the work.

Parents, don’t make your children slay the giants you need to kill. Don’t make your children responsible for your giants! Kill them, right now, so your kids don’t have to kill them as part of their lives. Settle the issues with your giants right now so your kids don’t have to mess with them. Let your kids see someone who chooses to wholly follow the Lord, someone who has a different spirit and is believing God and giving their life to do His will, no matter the cost—no matter the giant that needs to be slain.

Leave your kids with as few giants as possible to fight. Raise them to see your warrior self, standing firm with God and slaying every giant that comes along. Let them know, through your testimony and God-centered actions that no giant has power over you or them.

It’s fighting time. For whatever these giants are that you’ve allowed to exist because you think they’re not that big of a deal—they’re a big deal. Today could be your day. Decide to become a giant-slayer. Choose to have a different spirit in you. Wholly follow the Lord. Are you ready to go after it?

2 responses to “Slaying Your Giants so Your Kids Don’t Have To”

  1. Chad says:


    I truly needed to hear this message this morning. Thank you for remaining faithful. What truth!!!


  2. Steve Berger says:

    Chad, God’s timing is always perfect!! I’m thankful that the post was helpful. Bless you!