“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it,” (1 Samuel 17:49a)
One of my favorite characters to study in the Bible is David. I believe he is one of the most practical people written about because we see all kinds of failures and accomplishments throughout his life. David is also one of the most well-known people in the Bible because stories from his life are some of the most popular stories taught to kids today, especially the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17. In verse 49, David “took thence a stone, and slang it,” and the stone finds its place in Goliath's forehead and kills the champion of the Philistines. We often use this story as an illustration of how God can give us victory and help us to defeat the “giants” in our lives. This story tells of a great victory for Israel, and it was surely a victory given by God. There’s no doubt God’s ability to do the impossible is an important focus of this story, but God used David to “sling” that rock, and I think there are also some things about the rock slinger that we should take a little time to focus on.
I don’t know about you, but I am interested in being a rock slinger for God. I want to accomplish great things for His glory. So how did David, a young man who had no prior military experience, get to be the rock slinger who defeated the Philistine champion? David became a rock slinger, first of all, because he was available. “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:32) David was willing to do what none of the other Israelite soldiers would do. He was willing to allow himself to be used by God. He was willing to say, “I will go,” when nobody else would. God needed a rock slinger, and David was available.
God has something for each of us to do if we will simply make ourselves available to Him. In the fast-paced world in which we live, we have become so busy planning and scheduling that we often plan God right out of our lives. We get so caught up in events and activities that have no purpose other than to earn us wordly recognition and pleasure, that the things that we do to honor God become our last priority. I don’t think anyone purposely schedules accomplishing things for God out of their lives; however, if we are not careful, that’s exactly what we end up doing simply because we get so wrapped up in checking things off our to-do lists. If you are saved, there is no doubt in my mind that you want to be used by God and even accomplish great things for Him, such as David did when he killed Goliath. In order for that to happen we must first make ourselves available for God to use. The only way we will ever become a rock slinger is by being available when God decides he needs a rock slinger.