To get started, we need to take a look back at the account of David. He didn’t just show up at the battlefield and use a sling and a stone for the first time.
We are first introduced to David in 1 Samuel 16:11 when God sent Samuel, the prophet, to Jesse’s house to find the next king of Israel after Saul. God instructed Samuel to go to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem, because he had chosen one of his sons to be the next king. Long story short, Samuel went and each of Jesse’s sons past in front of him. None of them were the chosen one from God. Samuel asked if there were all of his sons were there. Jesse says to Samuel,
“There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.”
That brings us to the training. David was out in the field taking care of the sheep. That seems to have been David’s job. He did some other things too, but for the purpose of this blog, we are going to focus on David taking care of the sheep. Let’s think about that…
David spent countless hours watching sheep. Can it get any more boring? On top of that, he had to protect the sheep from a lions and a bears (I Sam 17:36). David needed to be skilled to do that. In my imagination, I see David filling the hours with looking for different kinds of rocks or stones, putting each one in his sling, and aiming at some target, perfecting his aim.
David became skilled at selecting just the right stones to use, and had excellent skill at using a sling. It wasn’t just his skills that helped him defeat Goliath. God was involved. God put David in the fields. God had chosen David, and he was anointed with God’s spirit.
That is us. We need to spend some time in the field learning how to select the right stones. Practice taking aim, and letting our giant have it. All the while, God has chosen us. He has anointed us through the saving grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He was with David the day he defeated Goliath, and He will be with us as we learn to defeat ours.
Next up… Training 201 – Selecting the Right Stones.