I thought I would share something with you that I had been thinking of sometime ago. This question nagged me for an entire week and only to realize the answer was obvious. Pardon my slow thought process.
It’s the story of David (and Goliath – obviously). How did David kill Goliath? With God’s help using a sling and a stone. Amazing. David becomes a hero and the whole city is crazy about David now. Maybe all the kids in town started imitating David by walking around with a sling and a stone. I wonder if slings were trending at that time. But none of those were my questions. My question to David (when I meet him) would be – ‘David, when did you leave your sling and stone behind you? When did you pick up your sword?’.
The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Silly me.
Let me take you back to that story anyway.
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40
Reading the above passage, it is obvious that David was not used to the armour Saul gave him. He wasn’t used to the helmet or the sword. He felt uncomfortable in it. So when did the shift happen? If I was David and I killed Goliath with a stone, I would employ that as my new weapon of strategy for all the battles ahead. I would train the entire army in the art of slinging stones because I could sit in my comfort zone and have proof that it works. Wouldn’t you?
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand, he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 1 Samuel 17:50
But David…He left the stone behind him. David never used his sling again for any other battle. When we think of King David, we see him with a sword in his hand. We remember all the battles he won. So when did he learn how to become a warrior? David wasn’t excused from using the sword because he was God’s anointed. I wonder if David had a sword training lesson. I mean…how did he learn? How did he get used to the sword? What happened?
As I was thinking about this – I realized I forgot how the story of David and Goliath ended.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 1 Samuel 17:51
It ended with David cutting off Goliath’s head with Goliath’s sword. (He used the enemy’s weapon against him). The first time David picked up the sword was to cut off the enemy’s head. David did something he never did before – he picked up a sword and cut off the enemy’s head.
I wonder if there is a sword you haven’t picked up yet. I wonder what you could do if you picked it up? I wonder if the battles ahead of you would look different. Would it change your story? I’m sure David’s story was different because he picked up that sword. The story didn’t end with a sling. It ended with a sword. David shifted to a new season in his life. A season where he would fight battles differently because his enemies were different this time.
I believe it is a call for you to pick up a new weapon for the battles ahead of you. I don’t know what that is for you but you need to leave your sling and stone behind. The old way of doing things must change if you’re expecting new blessings for your life. You may be a shepherd today but you could be a warrior tomorrow if you decide to run and pick up your sword. The weapon you use is irrelevant for a God who can win every battle despite it but there is something significant when you leave your sling and stone behind and pick up the new thing God has for you. God sees your step of faith. Leaving behind the life you always knew – the familiar and the known to obey God is a step God wants you to take today.
Friend, go pick up that sword. You’re a warrior now. This is a new season.
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me. Psalm 18:32-39 NIV