By Jared Oundo
We all face challenges, but it’s not the size of the problem that’s important, it’s our perception of the problem; it’s how big or small we make it in our minds. The Holy Scriptures says that when Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land; they came back and said, “We’ll by no means defeat them. There are giants in the land.” But the other spies that Joshua sent came back with a different testimony. They said, “Yes the people are big, but our God is bigger. We are well able to take the land. Let us go and occupy the land.”
Both groups saw the same giants and the same state of affairs; the only difference was their perspective. One group focused on the size of their God, the other group focused on the size of their enemy. Out of the two million people camped a stone throw away from the Promised Land, only two made it in; Joshua and Caleb. Could it all be that your perspective is keeping you out of your promised land (your success)? If you see your challenges as impracticable and you tell yourself, “I’ll never get out of poverty, I’ll never overcome this sickness, and I’ll never achieve my dreams,” then just like them, your wrong perspective can keep you from becoming successful.
You magnify what you focus on. If you stay focused on your problem or what you don’t have and how it will never work out, all you’re doing is making it bigger than it really is. When you magnify something you don’t change the size of an object; you only change your perception of it. That is the reason David said in Psalms, “Magnify the Lord with me.” He was saying if you want to make something bigger, then don’t make your problems bigger, don’t make the medical report bigger, and don’t make the failure bigger. Learn instead to make God bigger.
When David faced Goliath, he never called him a giant. Everybody else did. They talked about his size, his strength and his ability. But David called Goliath an uncircumcised Philistine. He never even gave him recognition for being that gigantic. Here’s the secret: David didn’t deny it, but he didn’t dwell on it. His attitude was: “If I’m magnifying anything I’m magnifying the source of my strength. I’m talking about God’s greatness. I’m not focusing on how big my problems are. I’m focusing on how big my God is. “His brothers and the other Israelites were afraid and cowed, wondering what they were going to do. When David told them he was ready to fight Goliath they said, “You can’t battle him; you’re just an adolescent, you’re too small, you don’t have any probability.”
But David had a different perspective. He knew if God was for him, who would be against him? He knew he was well-built in the Lord. David knew he wasn’t alone, that all the forces of Heaven were supporting him. They tried to caution him, “David, you better be careful, you’re going to get out of there and get hurt even die! Goliath is too big to hit. “David said, “No he’s too big to miss.” He went out boldly, stood before Goliath and said, “You come against me with a sword and a shield, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Israel!”
David was magnifying his God, talking about God’s goodness. This teenage boy; half the giant’s size with no chance in the ordinary defeated this huge giant. How? He had the right perspective. Philippians 1:28 says, “Do not be intimidated by your enemies.” You may be like David, up against a big giant right now; a giant of poverty, joblessness, financial constraints, poor grades, broken relationships, a giant of sickness, a giant legal problem. It’s so big, it looks impossible in the natural. You could easily be overwhelmed and thing, “I don’t stand a chance.”
Don’t be frightened. Those for you are greater than those against you. Put your shoulders back and hold you head up high. You are not pathetic, defeated, or powerless; you are a child of the Most High God, anointed, equipped and well able. Don’t you dare shrink back and think, “It’s just too big. It’s been this say too long. My goods are never going to sell. I’ll never break this addiction; I’ll never accomplish my dreams. Just get a new perspective. You are full of can-do power. The greatest force in the universe is breathing in your direction. There is no challenge too tough for you, no enemy too big, no sickness too great and no dream too far off.