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Stones and a Sling

January 31, 2009

There’s been a recurring theme in my life the last few weeks. 

In my reading, the teaching I’m listening to, the conversations I’m having with people, etc. 

This is when God is trying to get my attention. 

“Then Saul gave David his own armor – a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. ‘I cant go in these,’ he protested. ‘I’m not used to them.’ So he took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across to fight Goliath.” 1 Sam 17: 38-40 

Saul tried to make David something he wasn’t. He tried to make David fight with weapons that weren’t his to begin with. 

People ask us to do this all the time. They try to put us in armor that isn’t specially designed for us. Most of the time though, we go ahead and put on that clunky gear and march right into battle without even thinking. Sometimes, we even volunteer to put on Saul’s gear because we think it will make us look better. Or more prepared. Or more like the person we’re seeking approval from. 

God gave David great aim. Plain and simple. To kill Goliath with one rock, I’m guessing it would have had to hit him right in the temple. David wasn’t gifted with sword-fighting. He was gifted with throwing rocks. Have you ever thought about that in simple terms. He was good at throwing rocks. That’s what God gave him to do. Doesn’t that seem kind of ridiculous? 

Had David fought Goliath with the wrong weapons, the ones that weren’t his own, he would have failed. I’m sure of it. But he bravely took the stones and the sling. They weren’t flashy by any means, but it’s what worked. It’s what slayed the giant. 

Dont try to put on someone else’s armor. It’s a recipe for failure. Use the weapons that God has already given in to further His Kingdom. What are good at? What do you love doing? If you think your gifts can’t be used in a church setting, think about David. He had good aim with rocks. And God used it to create one of the greatest stories of courage in the Bible. You dont have to be something you’re not. That is not what God intended. 

God has been pounding it into my heart that I need to take time to reflect and discover what my true gifts and talents are. I dont entirely know yet, but I’m getting there. I hope that you can too. 

Think about it.

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