“We will not sit down until he arrives.” He knew there was a king amongst the sons of Jesse and there was only one that had not yet passed beneath his keen eye. Like Simeon to come, Samuel’s horn was filled with oil as he awaited the entrance of a future king. Prophets carry a sense of urgency within; the Holy Spirit beckoning through them: I’ve called this one; I’ve chosen that one. Raise them up; anoint them – to fulfill their calling.
The greatest prophet is Jesus Christ – the Bridegroom, horn full of oil, sent to call out kings and priests into their assignments. Only a small fraction will be national figures like King David, but every one of us is called to be a giant slayer.
David was around 16 years old when he was anointed by Samuel. He would not actually rule as king till some 14 years later. In God’s training there is a selection process and there is a development process.
Even before he was called in from the field, he was learning valuable life lessons in his marketplace job. No doubt this included practice with the sling & stone. It took only one to slay the giant, but he had four others in his pouch.
Let’s look at the other four stones – four principles, or life lessons, foundational to having breakthrough and being consistent in victory.
DAVID WAS FAITHFUL IN LITTLE BEFORE GOD GAVE HIM MUCH
Imagine yourself as a worship leader looking for a ministry assignment. A door opens up to serve at a church where the Holy Spirit has left the senior pastor and he is battling demonic oppression. What an opportunity!!
God leads him to function in the area of worship, serving this man who was no longer under God’s favor. I can only imagine Saul being a bit draining to be around. This would not be my choice of a man to serve under. Meanwhile, David’s part time job continues to be caring for the sheep.
DAVID OVERCAME A NON-SUPPORTIVE FAMILY STRUCTURE
One day, David was dispatched by his father to bring food to the troops. He made inquiry amongst the troops about what the reward would be for the one who killed the giant. His elder brother heard him and became angry: Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle. (17:28)
Jesus had a similar experience with his own siblings. “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (John 7:3-5)
The giants to be overcome are not just “out there”; they can also be right in the midst of our families or lodged into the identity stream of our memories.
Everyone seems to be tested in two family arenas: family of origin and church family. These are institutions ordained by God. They carry great potential for healing and great potential for wounding.
To the natural mind, it makes sense to avoid relationships, if you’ve been hurt. David could have easily just focused on his regular job and kept his distance from the dysfunctional families. (I can worship God just as well out here in the fields and not have to deal with these people!)
We will all have to deal with pain at some level over the course of life. We are hurt in the context of relationships; we are healed in the context of relationships.
DAVID KNEW WHAT WAS RIGHT AND COMFORTABLE FOR HIMSELF
Others may have molded you in the past when you had no choice in the matter but now you do have a choice. Let God into every area of your life, so that he can guide you into honing your gifts, calling, and ministry style. (Note: David’s refusing Saul’s armor is not to be confused with passivity or refusing to learn new skills. In other words, God will at times call you out of your comfort zone into something brand new. I would not advise using “Saul’s armor” as a loophole response.)
DAVID DID NOT REMAIN IN A DEFENSIVE POSTURE. HE TOOK THE INITIATIVE
Your giants won’t fall unless you go out to meet them. Victories are not won standing still.
God is calling us to “enlargement.” He will even motivate us to run to the battle by making our places of retreat and false security, too miserable to remain in.
The other four stones: let’s review these principles of preparation.
THE STONE OF FAITHFULNESS
Apply what God has already shown you. Be faithful in the little. David ministered to a lousy boss that even God left. He took care of some sheep in no man’s land, risking his life against wild beasts.
THE STONE OF RECONCILIATION
Wounds from the family must be resolved not buried.
THE STONE OF UNIQUENESS
Don’t wear what others put on you. Be who you are in Christ.
THE STONE OF ACTION
Move towards the place where boundaries are enlarged. Don’t run from the battle. Don’t play “defense” all the time.
Do we have these stones in our pouch?
When your Goliath is not falling, there will be clues in one or more of these areas.