EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
1 Samuel 17:38-40, 45—[As he was preparing to fight Goliath, King] Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started . . . 45 David replied to [Goliath] the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel . . .” (NLT)
Why would David have initially been tempted to wear Saul’s armor and use his sword?
Why would Saul’s armor and sword have been useless to David?
What would happen if you were fully confident in the design God gave you with your personality and gifts?
Lord, forgive me that, sometimes, I try to be like someone else other than the person you made me to be. I would love to have more and more confidence in not only YOU, but also who you made ME to be. Teach me what my slingshot and five smooth stones are so I can be courageous like David. I know that sometimes me and my wrong views of myself may be the biggest Goliath in between me and courageous victories, Lord. In Jesus’ name I ask You, Amen.