Summary: Five smooth stones were in the bag, and a sling prepared to put them in motion. Each of those stones could represent a character quality that David had which helped him defeat a giant. Link included to formatted text, audio and video, and PowerPoint.
Facing Your Giants
We all know this story of David and Goliath…how God used a brave young man full of faith to face a huge hulk of a human for God and His people, Israel. With sling in hand, he chose 5 smooth stones from a brook and yelled charge as he ran into a valley of certain death. God guided his actions and the stone right between the eyes of the giant who fell flat. Then David proved he knew how to get a head!
David is not the only person to come up against a giant. All believers will find themselves face to face with big challenges, and quite often. But on a few rare occasions you find yourself staring into the eyes of a Goliath! Then either fear or faith takes over. Most often it is fear and an expectation that we are about to be squashed!
Notice the Philistines had invaded the Israelite territory, Vs. 1, “which belongeth to Judah.” Goliath stood and defied the army of God, and they are huddled together, frightened, and did not attempt to do anything to eliminate him.
Satan stands before the local church today and defies the living Savior and His church, and the people are, for the most part, huddled down and frightened to do anything about it. People who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit and commissioned by God look on helplessly as their church dwindles and hope slowly fades. Goliath stands waving his spear high in the air challenging someone to defend the name of God, and the church seems indifferent against such a belligerent foe.
Paul says in (Eph 6:12) "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The enemy is all around us today. We are faced with Goliaths from every angle. We have been given weapons and ammo that will kill any giant that stands before us, thus, we must use what God has given us.
v. 40 David reached down into the brook, picked up five smooth stones and then proceeded to kill the giant. Let’s look at those stones for a few moments. I believe he took 5 because scripture says Goliath had 4 brothers…but let’s spiritualize these stones a bit. Let’s make each represent something that the Bible says David already possessed anyway…
The First Stone could represent:
I. THE SPIRIT OF GOD
The Spirit Of The Lord Came Upon David. (1 Sam 16:13) "Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah."
Without the power of the Spirit we will settle for a substitute. We will accept bodies rather than souls; activity rather than spirituality. Without God’s Spirit, man is helpless in his own strength.
David was empowered by the Spirit of God. (Zec 4:6) “...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
The flesh is no match for Goliath.
Christianity has become more occupied with the strategy of the Philistines [flesh] than with the power of God.