“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.
So the Philistine said to David, “ Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, 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.”
I Samuel 17:40, 43-45 NKJV
Five smooth stones
It is said of David that he was a man after God’s own heart. Even as a youth, he knew the faithfulness of the Lord, and knew that the Lord would be with him against any enemy, whether it be lion, or bear, or giant.
This morning, in I Samuel chapter 17, I read of the children of Israel as they encountered the Philistines and their champion Goliath. They feared this giant of a man, and were stymied in finding a way to bring victory from defeat.
It is apparent thay had forgotten the God of Israel, the same God that covered them with a cloud by day, and led them with a pillar fire by night. He was the same God who cared for them in the wilderness and had been faithful.
Along comes David, a mere youth, anointed by God to be the future King of Israel. He was a man of faith, one who knew of God’s ongoing goodness, and the giant Goliath was just one more opportunity for God to demonstrate His power.
“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!””
I Samuel 17:36-37 NKJV
We who live in Christ today, can take much from this Old Testament narrative, as we face an equally daunting enemy, the evil one, who uses weapons of flesh and blood to defeat us.
It is easy to look at the world we are living in today, and feel completely overwhelmed as the giants of sexual immorality, critical race theory, and a multiude of like giants come to face us on the battle field of faith.
Like David, we can know that God goes before us into battle. Like David we too can go to the brook and draw out five smooth stones, to slay the enemy. Our stones are spirtual ones, offering offense and defense.
“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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV
In Christ, we who have been forgiven, saved, born again, have five pieces of vital armor, enabling us to go against the enemies of God. We also have prayer, as we communicate with the Lord. These are our five smooth stones that we take against the giant Goliath of this age.
We go to war, with the mission of winning the prisoners of the enemy, that he has posted as human shields. As we enter battle, we must be forever cognizant of the people sent against us, made of flesh and blood.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:11-12 NKJV
In the near future, those of us who believe the bible, and stand for the true Gospel: Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, will find ourselves under attack, facing giants, as the world embraces its own, while rejecting all that is of God. There will be great temptation to hide in our tents, but let us instead be like David, as we choose to run at the enemy.
One would think that David would have had all his weapons at the ready before approaching the giant Goliath, but he prepared on the fly, running at him. He reached in his bag for a stone, loaded, and swung. A great picture of living by faith and practice. Because he walked by faith daily, he knew that God was in the midst and would defeat the enemy.
Likewise, we can know that God will provide us what we need, when we need it. We must be in the habit of always being prepared. David walked with God daily and had confidence in Him.
Let us have that heart in us. We who have read and believe the bible know that the battle has already been won. We go against the enemy with no fear.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.””
I Corinthians 15:50-54 NKJV
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