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Overcoming the obstacle
By Linda Wegner

If you’re like me (and everybody else), you either have, are or will face obstacles that can seem overwhelming. This week I was so blessed to both read and hear encouraging words of Scripture pertaining to that very subject.

First, the familiar story of David and Goliath took on an entirely new slant for me. Each evening I listen to Bible teacher, Chuck Swindoll, on the radio; his perspective on Goliath was, I assure you, something I’ve never heard before. He presented information from Bible scholars indicating that Goliath may have suffered from a disease that causes the pituitary gland to produce excessive amounts of growth hormones; known as acromegaly (gigantism), it can also result in double vision (Google Goliath + diseases). For more information I suggest you check out “A Brave Teenager and a Giant” at All of a sudden David’s challenge took on an entirely different perspective.

Then, I’ve been reading in the Bible about Joshua instructing the people to march around the walls of Jericho. For seven days they were to march behind the musicians but were not to utter a word. On the seventh day, at the leader’s command, they were to listen for the trumpets and then shout to the Lord. At that moment, the walls came tumbling down. What was the lesson for me in this? Wait until the right moment before taking action. Too often I have tried to do God’s work for Him when He just wants me to wait until He gives the “go ahead”. You ever did that, too?

As I said in the introduction to this piece, everyone of us faces giants, or walls or multiple sources of fear and frustration. If that’s you, now, I hope and pray that reminds us all: God is for us in every circumstance. Let’s learn to trust Him!

Aug. 21, 2019