It is time to begin selecting our stones.
“The he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch.” 1 Samuel 17:40
David chose smooth stones. Why smooth stones? I think all that time he spent in the pasture, David discovered that those worked best.
Last week, I was walking to the cafeteria at work, and a memory of a past sin (notice “past”) moved across my mind. The memory was as if it just happened, and it was something from years ago. The guilt I felt. The fear that I was a “horrible person, and always will be,” started to engulf me. A scripture came to mind very fast.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
Every time the memory would float across my mind, I would throw my stone of Romans 8:1, and smack that giant right between the eyes. I haven’t been doing this for very long, so it has taken several throws to beat the giant back, but it worked.
Romans 8:1 is my first stone. It applies directly to me, and the condemnation I felt or feel when these types of memories come to me. It may to you also or may not. I suggest that the next time one of the giant’s hands comes up and smacks you on the head, you pick one of your stones that you found in the living water, put it in your sling, and whack that giant right between the eyes. It will take practice. You may miss. You may need to find a new stone. But each time you pick one up and wail it at that giant, it will get easier. We will develop better aim, and we will eventually get rid of that giant. It may take all five stones, but we will do it. What is your stone #1?
Up next… Stone #2.