One Stone Faith

I Samuel: 17

In I Samuel 17 we find a wonderful story of faith. This is an account of the army of Israel squaring off with an old nemesis, the Philistine army. The Philistines, as usual were always hungry for war with God’s people. They were little people from a very small country and they always wanted to prove they were a country to fear.

Well, as it turned out, the little country had themselves a giant named Goliath. The Bible says Goliath stood about 9 ½ feet tall, and to any Jew of that day he was indeed a giant. The Philistine army challenged God’s army to a one-on-one battle with Goliath and the war will be won or lost based upon who is left standing. Well,,, the entire Israelite army was terrified and not one single Jew, including King Saul were willing to accept the challenge.

Into this scene a young “ruddy” shepherd boy named David appears. David had been sent by his father to check on his older brothers and bring them some home cooked food. As David approached he heard Goliath making fun of the army of God. “Why didn’t someone answer the challenge? Why were we letting this man make fun of the army of God?” David was very much perplexed by all of what he was seeing and hearing. David recounted to the king all the great victories God had given him tending his father’s sheep and spoke his mind to the mighty king of Israel. He would stand up to this “bully”!
Saul finally relented and tried to dress young David in his armor, but it was too much for the shepherd boy. He took it off, took his own staff in one hand and his sling in the other and took off for the showdown. On his way, he stopped long enough to gather five smooth stones, and if you look closely at the text, he put all five in his little shepherd’s bag.

As David approached Goliath, he let him know very quickly that he was there in the name of The Living God, and I NOW call your attention to one of the great example of faith in God you will see in the scriptures, vs 48 says, “…and David RAN QUICKLY TOWARD the battle line to meet him (Goliath), vs 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground”
WOW! This makes the story of the mustard seed come alive. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains Jesus says. God is telling us in this story in I Sam.17, empowered by God, ONE STONE IS ENOUGH!

Friends, we all face Goliaths on a daily basis and when we do, remember ONE GOD AND ONE STONE IS ENOUGH.

~John Poitevint

 

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