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Smooth Stones

posted Sep 5, 2012, 10:28 AM by Antonio Lundy

Minister Art Cuneo

David was a giant killer who did not come to Goliath with a sword or a  spear, but he came in the name of the LORD.  This teaching is a reminder that as men and women of God, we can not afford to put trust in our own height and strength, or a sword and spear but, we must always put our trust in the LORD (Psalm 46). With orders from Saul (1 Samuel 17:37), David moved forward to take down the giant.

Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor.

David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off.

He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine”   (1 Samuel 17:38-40, NASB).

 David and Goliath has become so familiar to us that even people who don’t read the Bible know the basics; it is used as a metaphor when contrasting an insurmountable obstacle with the hope of overcoming it.  But there are some interesting things about this account that the LORD decided to include in scripture.  Why wouldn’t David choose the conventional weapons and armor of his day – man-made forged, hammered, “standard” instruments for battle?  Why would he choose one stone over another?  What was it about the stones that he chose that made them useful?   In the above passage the key word is “TESTED.”

In Hebrew, the word is ‘naw-saw,’ #H5254, and almost every time it is used in the Old Testament, it means ‘to put to the test, to prove, attempt to learn the true nature of something’.  David had not put these to use in real life circumstances.  He didn’t know how they would perform.  However, he KNEW where to find tested, tried and true weapons that had been tested; HE WENT TO THE BROOK!  Let’s bring this home. Where does Jesus go to get people He KNOWS He can use?  Does He go to the “wise”, the “powerful”, the “noble”, the “approved-by-humans” methods?  I remember reading that

“…God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised…” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, KJV). 

Where are you right now?  Are you in a brook?  Have you been there for a while?  Take heart!  Be encouraged!  The brook is a place to FORM YOU INTO A SMOOTH STONE!  Those waters of affliction relentlessly cascading over every square inch of your life are forging you into a weapon that God will use!  You may have been kicked into the brook; someone nonchalantly left you there and went on their merry way.  Remember this: the Lord is the one who sees everything; you are not forgotten!  When it has done its work, He will pick you up out of the brook and put you with some other smooth stones and SLING YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY!  He won’t go the rock quarry – He needs aerodynamic proven stones!  Listen to this quote from Michelangelo: 

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action.  I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”  

What does God see in you?  More than you or anybody else does.  Be encouraged in that!  Father help us to wait on you and allow you to change us – even when it seems like a slow process, and it is uncomfortable.  Thank you that you haven’t forgotten us!  You are the ‘God of hope’… in Jesus’ name.  Amen.