In coming to battle against Goliath, David took five smooth stones with him for his sling. No one really knows why he took five stones rather than just one, but the fact is he took more than one.
At least one can say that David was in for the long haul. Had he missed on his first four attempts, he was going to be there for his 5th.
Sure, the other stones could have been there listed in 1st Samuel 17 for the other four brothers of Goliath, but it matters not.
Extra stones does not indicate doubt, but of resolution. The fact is: David was determined and it’s clear too how he depended on God to help him aim his rocket to the target.
This makes me wonder how we are armed whenever we come into battle. Are we prepared as David with an armament from God to defeat the enemy?
Examine our weapons: Our rock or stone is Jesus. The strength behind the rock is faith and as David was, our determination is indicative of our belief: that we belief God will assist us to victory.
Now then, if we belief all of this the same as David there can only be one conclusion when we don’t win the faith battle.
That conclusion is that God did not ordain it to be victorious as we see it for it was NOT within His purposes or plan.
And that’s why sometimes we can throw ‘rock’ after rock after our problem and all fail to deliver a knockout punch.
All of this can go down only one of two ways. Either our victory will ensure or else we will fail. And failure is really out of the question so then, we must trust God to work His will in place of our own.
This is a hard teaching. No one who reads this is going to like this post, but I believe it is true. We serve the sovereign God at His pleasure and not in reference to our will.
While David might have possessed the heart of God, Jesus controls the direction of His power.
That’s right and unlike David we will fight very unlike he did for we fight only with the weapons of faith produced by our Lord Jesus as He believes is fitting to the occasion.
Unfortunately, for the Christian our call is almost always the way of surrender rather than victory. We might as well leave the five stones down at the brook and carry only the spiritual substance of faith.
And while our approach, our attack and existence is far different than in the days of David, we still incur the one feature that is constant. That is to indwell faith and the love of God and His trust in all that we do. And we are to perform this in the same light as Jesus. It will all come down to a matter of giving and sacrifice. That is the winning edge in a game that seeks only to forgive.