God is Bigger than the Boogie man

My children were too old to enjoy Veggie Tales when its series of videos, books and songs came out. But I have had another chance to be entertained by the collection, for even at five-months old, my grandson is captivated by the music of the cartoon vegetables. Now that I have gotten over the ridiculousness of talking and singing vegetables, I have to admit, I find myself singing the songs over and over again in my head.

God is bigger than the boogie man.
He's bigger than Godzilla,
or the monsters on TV.
Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man.
And He's watching out for you and me.
Songwriters: Phil Vischer / MIKE NAWROCKI / KURT HEINECKE

This simple Truth is one I tend to forget—one we all tend to forget. God is bigger than the boogie man.  

The Book of Samuel records a time in history when God’s people were living under a Theocracy—God was their King. He had promised them that if they obeyed His righteous rule, He would bless and protect them as they took possession of the Promised Land. Despite the objection of the prophet, Samuel, the Israelites decided that they wanted to be like the nations around them who had “human kings.”

“But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19-20

They wanted a human king to fight their battles. Why? Had they forgotten that God was bigger than any human king or enemy? Had they forgotten that earlier in their history, when they had been at the edge of the Red Sea with their enemy, with the Egyptians at their heels, Moses had declared, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” Had they forgotten that God then parted the Sea and they safely escaped?

Had they forgotten that God was bigger than the boogie man and He was watching over them?

The battles in the Old Testament were actual battles fought with tangible, physical enemies. Today our battles are often spiritual. Our enemies can be fear, anxiety, discouragement, and hopelessness. But God is still capable of fighting those battles for us.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:12-13

While God may not remove the enemies completely, He is willing and able to fight the battle on our behalf. Trusting in Him provides peace and joy in the midst of the battle. Why? Because God continues to guarantee the victory. There is no battle too hard for our God. Even when we cannot see a way around a problem or situation, God’s Word teaches us this truth—God is indeed bigger than the boogie man!

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." Psalm 20:7