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February 3, 2011

Enough Stones?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

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. 

D0 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.

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

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2 Comments »

  1. Oh how I believe this! I also believe that God gives us stepping stones before he brings us where we should be. “Through it all” we learn from where we are, then the Lord leads us either to another stepping stone or the place where he would have us be. I’ve been telling my daughter who just finished her Masters at 40 years of age, has lots of experience from jobs before yet getting the right opportunity has not come. The job where she is, isn’t what she thought, takes her away from some Sundays, and other study times at church, not the money they said it would be, drives from here to St. Petersburg with gas increasing and on and on it goes, but God has a plan and it will be completed in HIS time, just a stepping stone away!
    Thank you for this wonderful story of David. I believe that David had confidence and knew that he could face his giant and I really don’t know what he might have been thinking, but I know that God knew and knows exactly what we can and will do if we just depend totally on HIM and HIS perfect will. But I also believe, as your days are, so shall be your strength” and we must be prepared for what we must face, even though we don’t know at the moment what it will be……just stay prayed up and in HIS WORD!

    Comment by Doris — February 11, 2011 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  2. I read this blog about a year ago and since that time I have faced several giants and each time God gave me the strength to carry on. The same giant came to me several times until the Lord said “you have learned and gained strength from this giant, now the weapon I give you will take care of this giant. The beginning of a New Year and I am confident that the Lord has seen me through the past year, HE can take me through anything and I know that “I can do all things thru Christ, who strengthens me”, because HE is holding my hand “thru it all” and if need be HE will carry me! Thank you for your wonderful blogs to keep me thinking about how God works, how God loves me and knowing this ” all things are possible with God” !!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by doriswhite — February 13, 2012 @ 11:09 am | Reply


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