David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. – 1 Samuel 17:39 NKJV
This is a very well known story. King David defeated Goliath and his way to greatness became the town’s headlines. We all center in to the part where he throws the stone that hits the giants forehead and makes him fall. An epic moment and a tipping point for David and the people of Israel.
But clearly in the story there is more metaphoric material that will enrich every reader and lover of life. The fact that David was at the right place and at the right time doesn’t underscore the preparation and the history that his life was bringing to the scene. He blurts it out to King Saul, of how he had been in fiery battles with animals when he was tending his fathers sheep, that made him more than capable to confront this mighty opponent.
David must have made quite a compelling argument to the king so he could authorize him to fight. It must have, because on this fight, everything else hanged. In the text we see that, upon agreeing, Saul tells David to put on his royal armor. David did so, but after trying to walk, he refused to wear it to the battle and geared up with all that he had known, his staff and his sling.
How many times have you dressed up to someone else’s expectations? Are you living another person’s dream? Have you spent your time indulging the acceptance of everybody else and neglecting your own life? It is time to dress up with our own gear, to dream your own dreams and to live your life on God’s terms.
We often neglect that God will use who we are and what we have, without the help of anyone else. When we understand that to be the man and the woman we have been called to be, we need not to please anyone, we will find our place and perform our destiny, as David did when he confronted this giant. The text says that he ran to him, something he would not had been able to do if he had Saul’s armor on. When you know who you are and what you are supposed to do, you will shine and excel at the most crucial moment of your life. And your life and those around you will be better for it.
Greatness will be exuded from you, because you dressed up with your staff and your sling.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.