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March 13, 2010

Five Stones

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Most people know the story of David and his battle with Goliath. It is a story that has fascinated children. There is the image of this young boy walking down to the creek and picking up five stones. Then he marches straight toward the giant. Goliath laughed when he saw the boy.  “How can this lad ever defeat me?”  was probably the thought in his head.

The story is marvelous. Young David placed a stone in his sling, and with great skill struck Goliath in the forehead, and the giant fell dead to the ground. Yay, for right always winning!

But have you ever wondered why David put five stones in his bag? Though we can never know for sure, we can speculate. I think  he wanted to be prepared if he had missed on the first attempt. If that be, then David forgot that the power of God can direct the first stone to the mark intended. But Leon Measures in Texas (you will remember from an earlier blog is the man who teaches people to shoot the aspirin in the air) has one of the best suggestions ever. Leon says that David placed five stones in his bag. One was for Goliath, and the others were in case Goliath had four brothers! Now I call that being prepared to take on all the giants! 

I believe that suggestion should jog our thinking. We face many giants in our daily lives. Some of those giants may have to do with relationships, physical or mental challenges, and even the frustration of material items breaking or malfunctioning. Most of all, we know there are giants who seek to weaken our spiritual lives. We prepare for them and through God’s strength, we are victorious. But sometimes, there is another giant who pops up immediately. Have we used all our strength (stones) to whip that one, and suddenly we are depleted and have no more fight in us? Do we have more stones in our bag? Or in our weakness do we seem to crumble and find that new giant overwhelming? Even when we rejoice over the defeat of a giant, we must not rest. But, friend, God is not resting. He is there with us for that next giant! He is not going to leave us just because we had a victory. He knows there are other giants we have to face.

Do you keep alert and prepared to face more giants? Do you stay equipped, ready for the next battle? Do you accept that spiritual warfare has no end . . . even though there are continuous victories? Do you keep enough stones in your bag that assures you are ready? Are you confident of God’s power and presence with you to meet an army of giants? 

I am not going to suggest a formula or plan for what stones you put in your bag. What I can do is offer something that can be yours through faith. Judy taught me this years ago as she would share it often with people facing a giant. “As your days are, so shall be your strength.” ( Deuteronomy 33:25)

When we think we do not have another ounce of energy to fight the giants, God has promised we can. You may still be weary, but you will not be defeated. Think how this will work in spiritual battles if we are living in Him. 

I liked Leon’s suggestion of facing other giants, but we might need to ask if David, although confident in His God for victory, perhaps short-changed God?  He may have been sure of the victory, yet, possibly not confident that God would guide that one stone to its mark. Perhaps, David wanted to be prepared if the first or second stone missed. One stone in the bag would be enough because of the power of God. But here is another lesson for us. Too often we know God will give victory, but we want to be prepared with some other stones, just in case God’s first plan doesn’t bring the victory. In prayer, we too often ask with confidence that the first request (stone) will be successful, but yet in our mind we begin to have a back-up plan. We have picked up other stones, just in case! 

Are you getting my drift today?

But know the victory will be ours if we choose His power and strength by faith and trust! 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  (Deuteronomy 31:6)

 Lawson

 If you have not read my blogs in the past few days, please read March 10, entitled “Thank You.”

 

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