It’s Narcissist Friday!
Robert Wadlow was 8’ 11.1” tall and still growing when he died at the age of 22 in 1940. Not a myth. Not a legend. A real person who looked like a giant to the people who knew him.
Some people think the Bible exaggerates the size of the giant Goliath who terrified the armies of Israel when David was a young man. We are told that he was over nine feet tall, nearly double David’s height. Robert Wadlow would have reached nine feet if it were not for the infection his body could not handle. Perhaps Goliath was not a myth either.
So, how could David stand up to such a giant? How could David dare to face the one everyone else feared so much?
David could face Goliath because David knew Someone bigger.
When he was just 9 years old, Robert Wadlow was big enough and strong enough to carry his father in a chair up a flight of stairs. Imagine having him as a friend when the bully came to pick on you. As long as you were with Robert, you would have been safe, right? And you would have felt safe. It helps to know Someone bigger, Someone who loves you.
There will always be bullies. Sometimes they will pick on you to get what they want. They may hurt you and make you sad. But you must always remember that there is Someone bigger than the bullies. And that Person loves you.
Abusers rule by intimidation. That means they try to make you timid, afraid. We are naturally afraid of those who are bigger or stronger than us, particularly those who are willing to hurt us to get what they want. But the narcissists and abusers, the cruel people who want to hurt us, are not as big as that Friend who loves us.
When the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, the spies came back with a hard report. They had seen giants. They told their people that they felt like grasshoppers when they compared themselves to the giants. But, you see, that was the wrong comparison. They should have compared the giants to the Lord who was leading them.
You must always remember that you know Someone bigger. Bigger than the bullies. Bigger than the oppressors. Bigger than the narcissists. Someday, those cruel people will have to stand before your Friend, and, believe me, they will seem very small.
There is Someone bigger than the giants you face today. Someone with more resources, more wisdom, more strength, more authority. He is wise and good, but He won’t jump when you snap your fingers. He is not yours to control. He is bigger than you and me. So the Lord doesn’t always do what we want, but He always loves us. We can trust Him to be wiser than our reason and stronger than our problems.
When you face your struggles, whether they are people or circumstances, remember that you know Someone bigger. You don’t have to be afraid or intimidated. Set your course to walk with Jesus and don’t let the bullies push you off that path. When the bullies look big, compare them to Jesus. Trust Him. He knows what you need, and He promises to be with you. You may not be strong enough to handle your problems, but He is. Lean on Him; walk with Him; trust in Him.
For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him. O LORD God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.
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