“The Bigger Man”

                Today I saw a family of giants at the restaurant. The father was tall and his three sons were even taller. Even his wife and daughter were taller than other “regular” or normal size women. It is always impressive to see a tall individual, but a family full of giants is a sight to behold.

                This was the reaction of ten of the twelve Israelite spies. They walked through the cities and fields of the land of Canaan and were mesmerized (and terrorized) by the abundance of people of large stature. As they returned to Moses they brought this report:

            “…the people who dwell in the land are strong…we saw the descendants of Anak there… But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we’…  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, ‘The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.  There we saw the giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.’” (Numbers 13:28-33)

                The Bible tells us not to fear “those who kill the body” (Matthew 10:28) or any other men (including bigger men). Isaiah says:

                “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass?” (Isaiah 51:12)

                The Word of God admonishes us, on the other hand, to be the bigger man (or woman). 1 Peter 3:8-9 commands all of us to,

             “ Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

             This is what we learned from Jesus, the Son of Man. There is no bigger or better man than Him and there will never be. He went to the cross as a Lamb to the slaughter. He did not defend Himself and suffered the injuries and the insults for our sakes and in our place.

             Let us follow his holy example. Do not be afraid of any man—no matter how big or strong they may be and do not seek revenge over your enemies. Be the bigger person, or better yet, bring all your burdens, problems, doubts and fears to Jesus and He will take care of all of them.

             He is BIG enough.

             A. G


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