Use Your Stick

45 David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and He will give you to us!’” ~ 1 Samuel 17:45-47

I want you to understand the scene. David is just a boy. A shepherd. Not a warrior. Not a strong man. Goliath, on the other hand, is a grown man. Fighting from his youth. The Philistine Champion. Did I mention he’s 9 ft tall? And his chain mail alone weighed 125 lbs? Or that his spearhead alone weighed 15 lbs? And David went to him with a stick…

David didn’t go with the armor offered by the king, it was too big for him. David is so small that the King’s armor doesn’t fit him. And yet he is so confident in who his God is, that he goes to this 9 ft tall man of war with a stick and a stone. Most of us would see this as a suicide mission, but David knew His God. He knew how He protected him from the lion and the bear. He never forgot where God had brought him from. He spent that quiet time with God so that when it was time to put his faith into action, he was able to do so without doubt or fear.

At some point, we will all stand before our own Goliaths but will be able to overcome them with the stick God gave us or fail with the man-made sword we gave ourselves. Trust God. You don’t need to add to what God gave you. He gave you everything you need. Your job is to trust Him and fight.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Use Your Stick.

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