1 Samuel 17:40 “He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.”
The story of David and Goliath is a familiar one. A young boy with no military experience goes up against the best warrior in the enemy army, who was the biggest, strongest man in the world with nothing but a stone and a sling shot. Against all odds, David won. We use the example of this story a lot in sports when the team that should have no chance at winning ends up beating the team the is better equipped, better coached, better funded, bigger, and stronger than they are.
The thing though we miss in this story is how David saw himself. He did not see himself the way the world saw him. From his family, friends and even the king who expected him to fail. To the Philistines, his enemies, who saw an easy victory and a person so inconsequential that he was a joke or laughing stock. Instead David saw himself through God’s eyes and in God’s strength. He knew he could not defeat Goliath on his own but He did know that when God was with him nothing could stand against him.
Take the five smooth stones. Have you ever wondered why he picked up five? Personally, I would have picked up as many as I could carry but David only took five and in reality only needed one to defeat Goliath. So what were the other four stones for? If you check out 2 Samuel 21:15-22 you will find the answer. There were actually four other giants from Gath. You see David did not actually go out to slay one giant, he was prepared to defeat all five of them.
Every day we each face our own giants. The things in life that seem impossible, improbably and cause us to feel hopeless, helpless, lost, and afraid. Each day we also have a choice to give into our fears, our anxiety and hopelessness or to look at ourselves and our situation through God’s eyes. God sees each us like he saw David, as Giant Slayers. People who He can use to accomplish his purpose in the world. People who are unafraid to be beacons of light shining in the darkness.
Take some time today and ask God to show you who you are. Not as you see yourself, or how friends, family and critics see you but how God sees you, a person who was created for purpose. Someone who’s weaknesses can be used as strength and who can be used by God to impact their school, city, state, country and even the world. It is time to slay the giants in your life, are you ready to defeat yours?