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Monday, January 24, 2011

5 Smooth Stones

1 Sam. 17:40 says, "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." Saul had given his own armor to David to wear to go against the giant, but David refused them, saying that he could not walk with them, for he had not tested them. David could not wear someone else's armor, and we cannot walk with someone else's revelation. When we go out against a giant, we must know in our own hearts what God has told us, and what He wants us to do. David had to go out against Goliath with what he knew for himself. He put Saul's armor aside, and he chose for himself 5 smooth stones. Learning to throw stones and use a slingshot is a personal thing you must experiment with yourself. I remember learning how to skip stones on the creek. I had to experiment with different kinds of stones to find out which were the stones that worked the best for me. David chose for himself 5 smooth stones. He knew what he was looking for. He knew what stones worked for him the best. He chose 5 stones. Why did he choose 5? Firstly, I believe this is a lesson in being over prepared. David was ready, not just for Goliath, but for any other giant that would dare to face David that day. It is good for us to be over prepared in our battles. Know more Scripture than you have time to share. Pray longer than you need to. Show more love than you have to. Be over prepared, and you'll never be unprepared! It is also worth noting that Goliath did have 4 brothers. The details about them are in 2 Sam. 21:15-22. The first two mentioned are named as Ishbi-Benob and Saph. The next two are referred to as the brother of Goliath and a man of great stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. These were Goliath's brothers, and David was prepared for them too should they present themselves in the battle. The Scripture admonishes us to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is within us. Be ready. Let us take a lesson from David. Be over prepared!

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