Use The Right Tools

April 20, 2021
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As a child in Sunday school, I learned this song:

    Only a boy named David, only a little sling,
    Only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing.
    Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook,
    Only a boy named David, but five little stones he took.
    And one little stone went in the sling,
    And the sling went round and round.
    And one little stone went up in the air,
    And the giant came tumbling down.
           – Arthur Arnott

David, the youngest of eight sons, was considered just a boy of not much worth when we are first introduced to him. Even his own father, Jesse, didn't invite him to the meeting that Samuel the prophet had called, because he was tending the sheep, a vocation that has never been held in very high esteem. But God had Samuel do the unexpected: anoint David as the future king of Israel.

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel … "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (NIV)

Sometime later, David took food to his three oldest brothers who were involved in the standoff of war between the Philistines and Israel. While questioning the troops of Israel who were standing around in fear of Goliath, the Philistine champion, David got into trouble with his older brother who reminded him of just being a shepherd.

1 Samuel 17:40 – Then [David] 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. (NIV)

Goliath mocked him when he saw the shepherd's staff, calling it a stick.

1 Samuel 17:45,47 – David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands." (NIV)

As God's children, we face many battles throughout our lives. We must be aware of the enemy's attacks against our faith. We face fears, sickness, debt, being alone, job loss, bullies, and many other stresses in life. Material things cannot conquer the enemy of our souls. The tools that we must cling to and use are the inerrant written Word and prayer. We must remember what David said to the giant whom he was facing, "The battle is the Lord's."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for Your Word to be hidden in our hearts to protect us against enemy attacks. Help us to yield our lives to Your care and purpose. As believers, help us to encourage each other by sharing our experiences and our faith. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Ruth Rowe <ruthjohn.rowe@gmail.com>
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good words, Ruth.


    Thanks, Ruth for inspiring us today.


    Great prayer, thanks, and blessings Ruth!


    Thank you, Ruth for both the message and the prayer.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for these special lessons from David. It is a good encouragement for all of us. Blessings.


    Thank you, Ruth, for this devotional reminder that the battle against sin was won on Calvary by our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings.


    I remember singing that song too Ruth. Thank you for a good nugget of truth this morning.
    Blessings.


    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for your inspiring message. It was just what I needed this morning!
    Blessings.


    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for the inspiring message to remind us that we are indeed, in God’s care. We need to trust and stay close to Him.


    Good morning Ruth,
    Good words this morning, we do indeed face many battles in our lives, as you say, but we do know that God is with us. Thank you for writing.
    Blessings.


    O Ruth! SO well told! This familiar story becomes a great account in your hands! I love to think of you there, standing strong and firm in the Saviors love. And here you describe our anchor that keeps the soul in such vivid detail! Yay for your perception and excellent writing! Yay for YOU!


    Greetings Ruth,
    Thank you for your very meaningful writing today. With the Lord as our strength, we can face any challenge in our daily life. He is our mighty warrior and takes very loving care of us.
    Blessings to you for contributing to devotionals.


    Dear Ruth,
    Thank you for the beginning of David’s story along with the song. Especially in current time, we see many giants looming above us, but as you wrote: The battle belongs to the Lord. Only He has the wisdom and power to majorly deal with the unrest in our world. We can all make a difference with prayer.


    Dear Ruth,
    That sounds like a good Sunday school song but not one I remember learning. I am not sure if I never learned it, or I don’t remember. David’s story has many lessons for us to learn and to remember in our own lives. Sometimes we feel so small and useless in God’s plan, but we must remember we are all important and he has given each of us gifts to use in His world. Thank you for the great reminder and the prayer we share with you today. Dear Father, help us remember to share our experiences, encourage others, and grow in our faith. May many blessings come your way and many chances to share your experiences.

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