5 Smooth Stones (I Samuel 17:40-41)
I Samuel 17:40-41, “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.”
In I Samuel 17, David is seen as a type of Christ and Goliath is seen as a type of Satan. As David was in physical warfare, we are in spiritual warfare. As David goes into battle, he brings with him his sling and chooses five smooth stones out of a brook. In the Bible, five is the number of grace. Notice: If you’re going to win spiritual battles in your life, it is going to be by the grace of God. When we fight God’s battles, we are enabled by God’s grace. God’s grace enables us to use our abilities for His service and glory.
Goliath had his shield, but David’s shield was the Lord. As believer’s, we are to take and put on the armor of God everyday (Ephesians 6:10-20). Choosing the stones over Saul’s armor shows that although David could not always depend upon himself, he, in fact, could depend upon the Lord. David was prepared for the moment and used his God given abilities. He used (sling and stones) what was in his hand. When you are fighting spiritual battles, use what’s in your hand (Bible). As David chose stones to destroy the enemy, Jesus chooses Christians as His instruments to battle the works of spiritual darkness. He does not have to, but He chooses us as His instruments.
These stones were made smooth by the rolling of the water over them for a long period of time. These smooth stones were taken out of the brook, which is a type of the Word of God. God uses the Word of God over a period of time to smooth the rough edges in our life. God wisely has a way of taking the rough and sharp corners off. God takes things and uses them to shape and smoothen us. God takes and uses the pressures in life and it rubs against us for the purpose of conforming us to His image.
A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her erratic angry outbursts. "There's nothing wrong with losing my temper," she said. "I blow up, and then it's all over." "So does a shotgun," Sunday replied, "and look at the damage it leaves behind!" Are you harboring anger or contempt in your heart? God desires that we have pure hearts that are yielded to Him. We must make sure that no matter what goes on in our lives, God has control of our emotions. Ask God to help you have a sweet attitude toward others today.
PRAYER: Father, help me to submit to Your will and purpose. As Your Holy Spirit ministers to me through Your Word, may I desire to be conformed to the image of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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