Over the past three weeks we have looked at how being available, having the right attitude, and choosing the right apparel can help us to become a rock slinger for God. David developed into the rock slinger described in the Bible because he had all three of these things, and therefore he was able to do what none of the other Israelite soldiers could do. This week I want to look at David’s accomplishment.
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.” (1 Samuel 17:49,50)
These verses describe David’s victorious moment in battle against the great Philistine champion. Goliath was a giant, a mighty warrior, and a Philistine soldier who had instilled fear in the armies of Israel. But now Goliath, the giant that sent so many people running away in fear, is laying dead upon the ground; and Goliath’s defeat, at the hand of David, has sent a new wave of excitement and encouragement to the Israelite army, for this was a huge accomplishment.
David had no previous military experience, and he didn’t even go into battle equipped with the best armor or the most up-to-date weapons. By the world’s standards, David should have failed in the battle against Goliath. But David had something far greater than any of those things. David had God on his side, and he had confidence in his future battles because of the victories God had given him in the past. God can accomplish things through us that we would never be able to accomplish on our own.
I think that we could all agree that we have Goliaths, or giants, in our lives that sometimes bring fear upon us. We must choose one of two options in these situations. We can either run away in fear, or we can make ourselves available, have the right attitude, and allow God to use us, just as he created us, to accomplish impossible tasks and overtake the giants that we face. We do not have to live our lives in fear of the giants around us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) It is not God’s will for us to live in fear. This week allow God to work through you, and He will help you to accomplish the impossible for His glory.