19 Jan Learning From Giants
Psalms 1:3 says,
“He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”
Last week we talked about the “Pathway to Blessing” and some steps to find the way. This week is about “Learning from Giants”, recognizing who these giants are, and how to become a giant in your own life.
There are many people in this world that are easily recognizable as “giants”. Since this Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to highlight him and use him as an example of the kind of “giant” we are talking about. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only an American Baptist minister but also an activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-America Civil Rights Movement. There is a reason we have a holiday proceeding him (he was a giant that impacted the world immensely). Although Martin Luther King Jr. is an easy example of a giant, there are many giants throughout the world that do not get the parades, fame, recognition, etc. A giant is anyone who has greatly impacted you, made a change in your life, set an example of right living, has been an inspiration or blessing in your life.
We were able to identify five qualities of a “giant” and would encourage you to personalize these qualities in your own life, that you may be able to become a giant to someone, if not the world. If we were to break down Psalms 1:3 into sections of qualities of a giant we would start with the first segment: “He shall be like a tree”. The first quality of a giant is: Giants are like trees planted. Giants are stable and strong; they do not wither. Although at times trees bend and sway, it is almost impossible for an old tree to break. For a giant tree that has been planted for a long time, it would take a very long time to chop it down with an ax. It takes numerous blunt forces against this tree for it to essentially “break”. Stand firm, be stable and stay strong.
The true sign of a giant is how many people build on them instead of building themselves up.
The second part of Psalms 1:3 says: [He is] “Planted by the rivers of water”. The second quality of a giant is: Giants grow where they are planted. In order to grow where you are planted, you need to be planted by rivers of water to supplement your growth. Examples of flowing rivers would be a local church, prayer, worship, and healthy relationships that pour into your life.
The third part of Psalms 1:3 says: “That brings forth its fruit in its season”. The third quality of a giant would be: Giants yield their fruit. You can judge a man by the fruit he produces. In order to be a bearer of fruit, you must first have the first two parts of Psalm 1:3 in place (planted strong and constantly receiving “nutrients”). The fourth part of this scripture says: “Whose leaf shall also shall not wither”. This leads us into the fourth quality of a becoming a “giant”. Becoming a giant takes time. Allow yourself time to grow, to learn, and to experience things fully. Don’t get impatient with yourself – it takes time to grow, bear fruit, and become a strong individual. Also, give each other time to grow; be patient with those around you who are in process and out of season.
And last but not least Psalms 1:3 says, “And whatever he does shall prosper”. This would imply that: Giants have long-term success. Giants are healthy, practiced and energized. They have stood firm, made wise decisions, received counsel and revelation and have put it in action. Giants aren’t someone who is made over night. It takes a lot of time, energy, and sacrifice to become a giant, but your efforts are never in vain. Even if you are a giant to only one person in this lifetime, your legacy will live on through their stories of you. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be ever-so rewarding.
Pray this today: Jesus, thank you for the giants you have placed in my life. Thank you for the resources and revelation to become a giant myself. I ask for the patience and endurance to obtain the qualities of a giant. I also ask for the strength to persevere through the hard times. Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross and your unfailing love for me. Thank you for being my giant, my rock, my cornerstone and salvation. Amen.