Day 105: Five Smooth Stones (1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 15:1-10)

The story of how David killed Goliath has been taught to us through preaching, in Bible study classes and reenacted on T.V., but I would like to ask you to follow along with me on how I picture this scene. Just imagine….Goliath is out in this huge field, pacing back and forth, boldly throwing fierce threats. Everyone is standing around intimidated and afraid, including Saul. All of a sudden here comes a boy saying, “I’ll go fight him!” (1 King 17:32). Saul speaks with David, doubting his ability to defeat Goliath, but David reminds him:

“The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” -1 King 17:37 (NLT)

David’s faith and his bravery showed that day. That is where God stepped in. The unique part of his story is that David was armed with five smooth stones, a staff, and a sling.

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. -1 King 17:40 (NLT)

So the story ends with David killing Goliath, but there is really one very important thing we can see from this story. No matter what challenges we face, all we have to do is step out in our faith in God and He will arm us for battle, even if it’s five smooth stones, a staff and a sling to lead us to victory!

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