We are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. We know the story ends with a slingshot, and David cutting off the giant's head with the giant's sword. But what led up to this event, and what can we learn about how to slay our own giants? There is a process involved in slaying a giant. I found four steps to slaying a giant, and each one starts with the letter P.
1. Preparation: David's time as a shepherd boy was not wasted time. David spent his time developing his relationship with God. When Saul's servants looked for someone to come play the harp and minister to Saul, they found David. 1 Sam. 16:18, "Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him." David was courageous, wise in his speech, and had developed such a relationship with God that others could see it. He was respectful and obedient to his father when asked to go see his brothers. God was preparing David for great things, and David was preparing himself. (He was also getting very skilled with the slingshot.)
2. Practice: David was putting into practice the things he was learning. He slew a lion and a bear that came to attack the sheep. It is practice that makes the difference. The distance between knowing and doing determines results. Practice is necessary to accomplish anything worthwhile. "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22. Practice is the bridge between knowing and accomplishing.
3. Proving: After seeing David's persistence to go against the giant, Saul dressed David in his armor. With Saul's armor on, David couldn't even walk. David said, "...I cannot go with these, for I have not proved them." 1 Sam. 17:39. We can only walk with what we have proved. Each one of us has to prove for ourselves the will of God. Rom. 12:1,2 says we are to have a transformed mind, so we can prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. We can not walk with another person's revelation, we each need our own revelation from God in our lives.
4. POW: After preparation, practice, and proving, David's time had come to slay the giant. He took out of his shepherd's bag one stone, put it in his sling, and ran toward the giant. His confidence was not in his own ability, but in God. The giant was dressed in armor from head to foot. There was only a small spot exposed, and David knew that stone would hit its mark. With skill he slung that stone so hard that it sank into the giant's forehead, and the giant hit the ground. There is power available to those who are prepared, practiced, and proven God in the small things. We can slay our giants as we walk with God through the process.
At what place am I at today in the process of slaying a giant?
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