August 2, 2017
Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-58
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Scripture- 1 Samuel 17:39b-40- “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
Observations- Saul, wanting to help David prepare for the battle with Goliath, attempted to outfit young, scrawny David in the typical attire of an Israelite warrior of the day. It was too much. Not only didn't it fit properly, but it wasn't in line with his gifts and graces to engage the tough battle ahead. David humbly declined the offer of what clearly wouldn't help him in the fight, and took up what he knew best- 5 smooth stones and and a sling. Using the way God had wired him would prove to be enough for David to defeat the giant.
Application- Goliath was evil and brutal. Saul was reluctant and anxious. David was comfortable in his own skin and strategic about the best ways for him to defeat the giant with the gifts God had given him. When we step into a new position to which God has called us we can never "wear anyone else's shoes;" instead we can only wear the shoes that are the right fit for us. As you grow closer to God, He is already uniquely preparing you to face your giants in battle with just the right weapons for who you are in Christ.
Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) Grant, O Father, that I may go about this day's business with an ever-present remembrance of the great traditions wherein I stand and the great cloud of witnesses which at all times surround me, that thereby I may be kept from evil ways and inspired to high endeavor. So keep me until evening in the might of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
"If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" (Romans 8:31b),