1 Samuel 17:40
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.
When David, as a youth, faced the biggest battle he had ever faced in his life, a giant named Goliath, he refused armor and weapons offered to him by King Saul and instead embraced what had worked for him in the past. The King of Israel did not have enough faith in his own armor and weapons to go out and fight the giant and yet he thought David should use them. David said, in so many words, no thanks, I will use what has always worked for me.
So in preparation for the battle David goes, by himself, to the brook, a picture of the River of Life that comes out of God’s throne. David chooses five smooth stones and places them in his scrip. Those five smooth stones are a picture of the Name of Jesus to us. David knew that Saul’s armor would not work for him and that he needed to return to where he had always found what he needed for his life.
When the battle with Goliath began, David ran towards the giant, without fear, and reached inside of his scrip. David took just one of the five stones and brought down a giant that threatened the whole nation. If just one stone can bring about that kind of miraculous victory, what could we do if we were to embrace and use all five stones.
The night before the children of Israel were delivered from bondage, in the land of Egypt, they were instructed to kill a lamb, put the blood of that lamb on their doorposts and lintel and then eat the whole lamb leaving nothing. That act of using the blood of that lamb and eating the whole thing carried the tiny nation all the way from Egypt to Canaan’s Land.
When we accepted Jesus into our heart, He gave us everything we needed for the journey. Don’t fear the battle. You already have what it takes to overcome any enemy. Just reach inside your relationship with the Lord and run into the battle. You already have what it takes to overcome the enemy. Fear not, for what can separate us from the love of God. Jesus loves me and that is sufficient to carry me all the way to the eternal Promised Land.
Romans 8:37, Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.