Are You Focused on the Right Name?

by | Apr 25, 2016 | Battles, Faith, Fear | 38 comments

Bad news is never welcome. Life altering illnesses, frightening rebellion in children, or marital infidelity is never convenient. Never.


While some troubles are small, others are giants. And we never know when a giant will darken our door.

That’s why we need a Big God.

I’ve battled the health effects of being exposed to black mold for over a year. Thankfully, I feel stronger. But now I face another health battle. A sonogram and MRI showed a large mass that needs to be removed.

When my doctor referred me to an oncologist my giant changed names. Because cancer stole the lives of my parents, just scheduling an appointment with an oncologist at the cancer center caught my breath.

Friends and family members have called to ask if I know anything? “Waiting is so hard,” many have said. I know what they mean. We feel that if we know the name of our giant we can develop a plan and have peace.

Many giants bring their friend Money Pit along. My fear of these ugly monsters led me to a wonderful discovery hidden in the story of David and Goliath.

David was a youth when his father sent him to check on his brothers who were serving King Saul at war. An ordinary trip to deliver bread and cheese brought David face to face with a real giant.

“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear” (1 Sam. 17:23-24 NIV).

Over nine feet tall, well armed, and a champion warrior—is it any wonder that the mere appearance of this shouting giant terrified Israel’s armies? But the ogre that sent the army fleeing in fear only roused David’s resolve to stand and fight.

When King Saul heard David was willing to fight Goliath he focused on David’s youthfulness and inexperience.

“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.’ But David said to Saul, …‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Sam. 17:33-37 ESV).

Young or not, David knew his Big God!

Notice how he approached Goliath. “Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (1 Sam. 17:45 ESV).

David’s hope rested in the name of his God not on the name of the giant. Share on X

He didn’t even call Goliath by name. The name of the Lord was his shield and strength.

What’s the name of your giant? Is it called Infertility, Adultery, Divorce, Cancer, or Diabetes? Are you focused on the name of your giant or on the name of your God?

Friday, I learned my cancer antigen levels are normal. Praise God! But the doctor said I still need to see an oncologist. My high IgE levels and the stuff in my mass may still indicate a malignancy.

This week, let’s face our giants in the name of the Lord and not be intimidated by towering Cancer Centers or anything else we face. Our Shepherd walks with us, guarding, guiding all the way.

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*Since posting this, I’ve had surgery, and it was benign. Glory to God!


Debbie W. Wilson

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  1. kay holland


    What an inspiration you are! Standing with you in prayer until this giant falls under the power of the “rock” who is greater than every enemy. Praying that like David, you will experience a quick and sudden victory ,and I can’t wait to see how Jesus brings glory to His Name!!!

    With love and prayer, Kay Holland

    • Debbie Wilson

      Kay, I going to hold on to that image! Thank you, sweet friend.

  2. Gwen

    Because you are WHOLE, you will be the perfect PATIENT⛳️

    • Debbie Wilson

      You make me smile, Gwen. Not sure my family would agree! 🙂

  3. Debbie Prater

    I pray that God strengthens you and heals you. He will see you through this. The giant is going down!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Love it. Thank you, Debbie!

  4. Sue

    Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your journey. You are the daughter of a mighty God . Straighten your crown and stand tall.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Sue!

  5. Tracey Horton

    Praying with and for you daily, knowing and believing Our God is Able!!! Love you! Tracey

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Tracey! I appreciate you.

  6. Nancy B

    Praying for you

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Nancy!

  7. A

    Lifting you in prayer Debbie and honestly – I just love this post! Names are powerful and His Name is the Name above all names – so it is more powerful than cancer or divorce or bowel blockage (which was the giant I faced) or any other one!

    • Debbie Wilson

      The name above all names! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

  8. Ella

    Debbie, I hate that you are evening having to face a “giant” but God has given you a message for all of us whether we are facing a giant now or will in the future. My favorite and most needed post ever. Praying for you and waiting to see that little stone, a sling, and a very big God destroy your giant. Love you dear friend.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ella, isn’t it wonderful how He speaks to us during these times. I’ve told Larry that I want this to be over, but I want to keep the sweet closeness you feel is such times.

  9. Jacqueline Wallace

    Praying with you, Debbie. I’ve not only “been there” but am there! And for these times I wrote my own book. Thank God he IS big! Our times are in his hands. Very capable hands. By the way, I was in GA for a missions conference at Fellowship Bible church in Roswell and saw Debbie McGoldrick. I mentioned your name and she was delighted to recall you, though is has been years since you’ve seen each other. Isn’t the family of God great? May the hand of our Good (and Big) God be on you, sister.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Jacqueline. And on you, dear sister! Would love to see Mark and Debbie again!

  10. Brenda

    I am praying for you Debbie.
    Love and hugs

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Brenda.

  11. Beth

    I’ve been going through 1st Samuel and just finished studying that account of David squaring off with Goliath, Debbie. How timely is your word of encouragement to my heart, my friend! And I am praying for you that your mass would be like Goliath and easily obliterated by our Big God! Keep us informed of anything you know, my friend! We all want to support you in prayer. Love ya!

    • Debbie Wilson

      I love that word “obliterated!” Thank you, Beth.

  12. Karen

    I agree. As we face battles in life, we need to always see them against the backdrop of our Great and Mighty God. Thanks for this reminder!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks for reading, Karen!

  13. Larry Gilson

    What a blessed perspective. Thanks for sharing this, Know that we are praying for you, and specifically your appointment with Dr. Boggess tomorrow.

  14. Debbie Wilson

    Thank you, Larry!

  15. Brooke

    Thank-you for sharing out of your personal journey. I love that truth that our hope can rest in the name of God and His character. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Brooke, isn’t it wonderful to know that God never changes! What a sure hope.

  16. beth willis miller

    What an open, honest, transparent post…with great encouragement for whatever our giant is…the Name Above All Names–Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross heals all our diseases…trusting Him with my eternity and my next breath…many blessings to you.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Amen, Beth! Those who trust in Him won’t be disappointed!

  17. Horace Williams Jr

    Continuing in prayer Debbie! May God give you the victory over this health issue as you seek to honor and glorify Him. What an inspiration and beacon of hope you are for so many. Stay encouraged . God is with you and you will come through this in His strength. Blessings to you and yours my friend!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Horace, you have certainly been a beacon of hope in how you have handled your health issues. Thank you, my friend.

  18. Michele Morin

    Praying with you in your battle, Debbie. Do continue to keep us posted!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Michele!

  19. Lori

    I’m thankful for a hearing and healing God. I’m praying for His healing for you, Debbie. Thank you for this encouragement and linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Lori, thank you for hosting , visiting, and praying. Blessings, my friend.

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