“I’ll fight Goliath.”
David, a young shepherd boy, volunteered to do a man’s job because he believed so strongly in the power of his God.
Though King Saul recognized the young man’s warrior heart, he was skeptical of David’s size. Saul ordered his aides to bring his own armor so David would be protected and perhaps so the boy would look more impressive on the battlefield. After all, what enemy would take a boy seriously?
But when David put the king’s armor on, the adult-sized armor dwarfed his youthful frame and hindered his freedom of movement. No way could he fight using borrowed armor.
Respectfully, David declined the king’s armor and put on the armor God gave him – his faith, his talents with a sling that were honed by years of watching his father’s sheep in the fields, and his youthful agility. The rest is history. David defeated the giant and the Israelites won the battle.
How many times have we looked at someone else and said, “If only I had her talents and abilities. I could do so much more for the Lord.” But the truth is that someone else’s “armor” wouldn’t fit us. We would flounder around in our service to the Lord and eventually fall down from the weight of someone else’s weaponry.
We need to put on the suit of armor that God tailor-makes for us. Our armor includes our belief in the strength of our God, the knowledge of God and His word, the talents He gives us and skills He helps us to develop through our life experiences. They will offer us the best protection and freedom of movement possible so we can avoid the enemy’s fiery darts and ultimately defeat him with the Lord’s help.
Thank you Lord for tailoring my individual armor to fit me perfectly so I can win this epic battle against the enemy of my soul. Amen!