The Bible intrigues me. The simple Bible was inspired by a simple God to be easily understood simply by man whose mission always seems to complicate. Yet there are things in the Bible which always leads to me to explore and ponder. One of my favorite phrases as it relates to traveling is ‘not all who wonder are lost.’ My relationship to the Bible and the Creator of the Bible leads me to wander. The Bible is for the simple yet the Author writes it for those whose minds like to explore, question, debate, and investigate. Words, characters, books, and authors of the Bible intrigue me. Every word is inspired and written by God using simple men as pens to write his work for generations upon generations.
One of the events which always perplexed me was the story of David and Goliath. Many know of the Old Testament event of the little shepherd boy overlooked by his father and brothers who arrives on the frontline of battle to see this huge giant of a man taunting the God of Israel and the people of Israel. The part I questioned was why did the Bible make sure to let us know David picked up five smooth river rocks yet, he only needed one. Here is the passage:
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:40
Was David a planner? Did he think he would miss and need more? Did David live by the just in case method of carrying more than you need just in case?
This week it became clear. It is a foreshadowing, an event which takes place in the Old Testament which points to the personhood of Jesus. He gathered fives stones yet he only needed one. The one stone represented Jesus Christ. The New Testament declares He is the stone the builders rejected who became the chief cornerstone. (Matthew 21:42) When David would remember the ground shaking when the giant fell and other enemies the Lord had conquered, he wrote the following, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge” (2 Samuel 22:2-3)
We have many things in our shepherd’s bag to fight battles. Many times using the tools of the world are like fighting gnats. They achieve nothing. In America, it is easy to lean on banks, doctors, counselors, relatives, and the like to deliver us from evil. This event moves us to be like David and keep those arsenals at bay but lean on the one rock – Jesus Christ – to make the giants fall in our lives. Jesus is our rock, our deliverer, our salvation, our healer, our waymaker, and our friend who sticks closer than brother. Though we have 4 other stones, we will use Jesus.
Today, step out on faith and believe in the one Rock who can deliver. Pray for your situation. Speak to your situation. Believe in the Rock and watch your giants fall right in front of you.
Father, I choose to lean and go to the Rock that is higher than I. I choose Jesus. I choose to trust in Jesus. I will not lean to my own understanding. I will not allow my mind to think of options B, C, D, or E but I choose my one option and He is Jesus Christ – the glory and the lifter of my head. I speak to my situation and declare You will fight my battles. Tonight I will rest easy knowing you are on the scene 24 hours a day because You never sleep nor slumber. You are for me and I say to my soul, if God is for me, no one can be against me. I am saved. I am healed. I am delivered. I am whole. I stand on nothing but the Word of God and I will not allow any report to sway me from my faith on God and His Word. Amen.