Your life is not meant to be a life of nothingness. It is meant to be a life of amazing things. Not a busy life of trivialities seeking empty vain things that amount to nothing, but one of courage and strength found desirable and worthy by a God of greatness! The word meekness in the Bible does not mean weakness but humbleness and smallness of ego. Size does not make one great but the stature of spirit does. Size in Biblical times was perceived much like it is today. The perception of greatness comes in how large a man is perceived. Prominence is symbolic in our understanding as the greater the man is of importance, the larger he is depicted in the effigies of him. So the bigger a person was the greater they were perceived to be favored with God.
1 Samuel 2:26
And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the LORD and men.
The illusions our mind paints rule us in symbols that come to us in our dreams. If we see ourselves as physical giants amongst men it is often our ego’s self-portrayal of greatness. The Bible uses many examples of size to depict the image of greatness but few realize that this is all part of the language of the soul that speaks in an iconic language to make a greater truth known.
2 Samuel 21:20
Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant.
There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
The giants of old are perhaps not actually meant as men of real physical size but perceptions of their greatness, yet history remembers them as giant men, as that is how simple men understood the greatness contained inside them. It was as if a smaller man could not possibly be so powerful as to rule the world in dominance like Alexander the Great, or Caesar, or Napoleon, yet all these men were small in physical stature. It was an image of promoting a man to the status of a god by making him much larger than life. Pharaohs were often portrayed as giants that towered far above other men, but in reality they were shorter than most men alive today. I have seen countless books and sermons on the giants of the Bible and they use “Proof” of their size by showing ancient Egyptian works of art, but these are the works of a time when everything was steeped heavily in symbols and signs. Even Napoleon, a man of small physical stature, often had paintings that depicted him larger to match his ego and conquests. Napoleon often had his portraits painted and gave his speeches on horseback to give him a greater illusion of height. Hollywood today also portrays its leading men as taller men, because we idolize the perception of the biggest and most powerful men. But it is all an illusion to play upon a deep seeded notion that bigger is better and power is found in size and physical strength. So it is not hard to understand that in Biblical times the prominence of a man was someone that is larger and greater than other men. I myself am a large man. I am 6’5″ and I tower over most men and I always have, but yet I know it is not the size of the man in the fight that matters most, but the size of the fight in the man.
Matthew 6: 27, Luke 12:25
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Courage is often what gives us greatness and worry does not add to the size of your greatness. Fear makes you a little man afraid of the shadows that are the illusions of the mind. But Love gives us courage and it fights the fear that makes us cower inside. The movie the Life of Pi is a good example of symbolic expression through imagery much like the Bible. Even the name Pi is a key to development as it represents the spiritual pursuit of growth through a nonrepeating progression. It is a rare movie in Hollywood who’s leading man is small and the movie is more than it seems. It is not the story of a boy on a boat with a ferocious tiger, but a story of a man facing his fears and taming his inner beast. The tiger is the ferocity of the heart mixed with courage and pride and it’s desire to be free. But like the tiger in the movie it is unknowing and untamed. The boat is symbolic of a spirit journey that we must all make to face our challenges head on. The heart is a wild and yet cunning thing and our greatness is not determined by physical size but by the size of our surrender to the will of God. It is not weakness that makes a man humble to the point of submission but the beauty of wisdom that brings a man’s heart down to size. The giant within you is unleashed through the love of God.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
The story of David and Goliath is rooted deeply into this fact and sadly often overlooked. It is in the name of the people and places that the real secrets of the kingdom of heaven are hidden as David’s name essentially means love, and Goliath’s is representative of the splendor of the Philistine army.
1 Samuel 17: 4
And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
Names of men in the Bible represent a prominent thought or belief and David represents the courage of love, the servant of the heart of God.
1 Samuel 17:32
Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
The name of Israel means to persevere and overcome, and Philistine means to wander as a nomad. One army is the hearts perseverance in the face of adversity, and the enemy in this case is a restless and mocking spirit of conceit called the pride of the ego. Now the champion of Israel is a small man named David, and David is love the humble champion of the heart of courage that perseveres. Love has no sword in which to make war against the restless ego and its self-image of greatness. Love only armors itself with truth to defend it from the hostile attacks of man.
1 Samuel 17:38
So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
So David, the symbol of love took neither armor nor sword to make war with the champion of the Philistines and yet brought him low with a single blow of a smooth and shiny stone.
1 Samuel 17:40
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:49
Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
The stone that lodged deep into the mind of the enemy was awareness of the truth of the spirit that awakens the mind of the enemy and kills the beast within. David took 5 stones, each a symbol of the five great truths known as the Torah, and flung the solid and unyielding truth of God deep into the mind of pride and tumbled it down to size. David the symbol of the small and humble heart then took the sword that represents the truth of the nomadic and restless spirit of pride known as the Philistines and cut off the head of its splendor known as Goliath with that same truth it wielded. This is the removal of the pride of a belief that greatness comes in prominence. “Living large” is not a God breathed life but one of fear masking itself in pride.
Behold, the Lord, The LORD of hosts, Will lop off the bough with terror; Those of high stature will be hewn down, And the haughty will be humbled.
The war of the heart is fought daily and every man must stake his claim in the battlefield where lines must be drawn in the war of the soul. And only when a man can measure up to the greatness of God as a reflection of His son in love is he then worthy to be called an heir and son and welcomed home.
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
A man’s greatness is measured in his capacity for humbleness and in the measure of his ability to love!