Give Me A Chance, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

1Samuel 17:1-58, “Then he took his staff in his hand; and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook…”

Here was a man with one cry, “give me a chance”, 1Samuel 17:32, “Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with the Philistine“. David made up his mind to please the Father. Everyone including the king did not feel David was ready for he was young, inexperienced, no training on war, but God readied him for this battle. Him and God were majority.

Vs. 38, “So Saul clothed David with his armor…”. You can’t fight in someone else armor, BE YOURSELF, use what you know works for you because you have tested and proven them. Saul thought that since Goliath was equipped and ready, trying to dress David in his armor would do the same. All David needed was his point of reference (what God had done in his life) and what God was going to do if he remained himself in the Lord. David could not fight with what he had not proven neither can we.

1Samuel 17:40, “Then he took his staff in his hand; and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook…”. This is the core message. David took his staff, not any ones and went to the brook and picked out five smooth stones. There is a great significance in what he did, the stones represent good skills to win a battle. He picked them from a brook. The bible says, “you shall be like a tree planted by the waters”, Elijah was brought to a brook, The bible says, “Jesus is the living water“, “out of your belly shall flow rivers of life”. This shows that David was picking what he needed from a place that represents going to the Lord. The stones he picked were smooth and polished, well selected. Have you and I picked the smooth stones from the brook of God to overcome? These are talents, abilities, strengths. On your job resume, you talk about your abilities and strengths. The employers tend to look at some of these because they become an advantage to what they are looking for. If you have smooth stones of meeting deadlines, honest, dependable, adaptable and the like, this would add to your qualifications. You have to pick out your smooth stones to get you anywhere. What are your smooth stones? David picked his from the brook. Where do you get yours from?

1Samuel 17:45, “…You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, …”. Many believe that the stone brought Goliath down. I doubt it, I believe what David spoke to the giant melted his heart when he showed how God was strong on his behalf. All Goliath now saw was not David but God in David and the stone merely finished the job started. Your smooth stone will only finish the job started by involving God in your affairs. Your confession that you are able through God’s help will help you begin the work of overcoming. Your abilities and strengths accomplishes what was began. We pray give us a chance as long as we know we can truly depend on God to see us through. David might have not had what was required for the battle in the natural sense but in the spiritual sense he did. Our cry, “Give us a chance and we will show Him So strong before men”. Blessings Evans

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