I went to visit someone sick in the hospital, who was diagnosed with a very severe disease. This individual is a good person, kind, pleasant, and gentle; but isn’t very much connected with the church. When I heard the news about his sickness, I became concerned about him and about his family. I was concerned about his faith and his willingness to accept the trial from the hand of the Lord. After being greeted by his daughter, I sat down to speak with him, only to find out that I was wrong in my assumption, I got to meet a giant in the faith, who has accepted the trial, filled with peace and received spiritual sight to recognize the hands of God supporting him and his family. I then recognized that this power he received from above doesn’t only come to him, but almost to everyone who experience trials and tribulations.
This power, which we all receive in time of need, transforms us, regular and simple believers to be giants in the faith. We all wonder sometimes, how is someone able to bear such a trial? Sometimes we are more concerned about the situation than the people going through the trial themselves, or at least that’s what seems to be the case. How does a simple person become a giant in the faith in a matter of weeks and sometimes even days? How can a person accept the will of God and be comforted despite a difficult trial? How can a simple person see the love of God through the difficult times and be thankful? What is this power which we receive? Or rather who provides this power? The bible tells us that we will receive help in tribulations “we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:4-5). So the answer to the “who provides for us this power?” is the Holy Spirit. This process of perseverance producing character and character producing hope, mentioned above in Romans 5, takes time; while the change I’m speaking of which takes place in a person going through the trial is almost instantaneous. Then it must be that the one who is in tribulation, by the power of the Holy Spirit recognizes the love of God and receives sight to His unending care and immediately his faith is strengthened. The Holy Spirit “pours out” the love of God in our hearts, it pours it out as if it has never been there before, and it is the type of love which plants the first seed of perseverance (Romans 5, see above). It is the type of love which opens our eyes to the grace and mercy of God despite our small salaries compared to our expenses, deteriorating health, failure against Satan, family problems, loss of family members, betrayal of friends, break ups in relationships, and the daily tribulations which we struggle in.
It is Him the Holy Spirit who opens our eyes to recognize that the suffering of this current time is not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). This process
of opening our eyes is either an immediate action, like the case with the person I mentioned above; or a lifelong process. So in other words, He (the Holy Spirit) opens our eye to see beyond the immediate realities and beyond that which is tangible to ignite in us a giant in the faith. Exactly as it was the case with David going to war against Goliath. The Holy Spirit moved him to work for the name of the Most High, looking beyond Goliath’s height, weight, experience, and armor. David became the giant and Goliath became an unnamed person (referred to as the “uncircumcised Philistine”) in his eyes. David wasn’t the only one, but there are many whom the Spirit of God creates in them giants in the faith when an occasion arises so they discover what’s been rooted deep in them maybe since the day of their baptism. To discover that they have the power to overcome, to stand even against the wiles of the devil. A great example which we all know is the transformation which took place in the 21 martyrs of Libya, this was almost instantaneous. From simple people to martyrs recognized by the whole world. The Spirit also helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26) to push us to enter to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16). As if this help will be exactly timed, it will come when it is needed the most, to give all what is needed of faith to withstand and be firm. To create in us even defenders of the faith, to speak for God despite the trials, rather than against God who allowed us to enter into the trail. To speak of His mercy and presence rather than being angry with His judgments and denying His presence. The Holy Spirit makes us giants in the faith.
Brothers and Sisters, by the power of the Holy Spirit we will all be giants if and when we are tried.