Unassuming Panoply

I imagine this day began like all the others. Minding his own business in a field tending to his flock, just as he had done faithfully every day when his father calls to him to run sandwiches to his older brothers. They’ve been on the battle line for over a month. Tired, weary both emotionally, and physically with no signs of forward movement they needed nourishment. 
Young David was a shepherd boy and the eighth son with seven older brothers.  Talk about pressure!  

Indulge me while I walk you through the story of a humble young man who I draw great strength from. 

In setting the stage of this battle scene, if-you-will, you must understand, Goliath (huge in stature, champion soldier, and a veteran warrior) along with the Philistine army came to the battle line for forty days before David came into the frame.  Day after day the seven other brothers of David, and the rest of the Israelite army took their stand to fight the Philistines. I can only imagine how very weary, hungry, fatigued, and tired the warriors were by this point.  Physically, emotionally, spiritually exhausted.  It may even sound like us after just one long, hard day at work or with our family. 

As David approaches closer to the battle lines he hears them shouting the war cry. Like a curious puppy David was peering over his brothers shoulders and couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about.

Fast forward a few versus and Goliath, taunting and jeering, he insults the Lord God Almighty. Well, that’s all it took for David, and the proverbial gloves came off. David accepted the challenge to fight Goliath. King Saul steps up and tells David he can’t because he is just a boy.

                          Panoply of a King

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 1 Samuel 17:38-39 (NIV)

WHAT?! David took off King Saul’s royal armor? You may be thinking, “Does he have a death wish or something?” or “What a fool.” Hold on…

                    Panoply of a Shepherd Boy

A humble shepherds staff, five smooth stones plucked from the stream and put in a shepherds bag, and a sling. These items are makings of the unassuming Panoply of a young King David.

The verse reads like this …

“Then he 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.” 1 Samuel 17:40 (NIV)

Reading like a scene from the Hollywood movie every morsel of this story is riveting to me. The humble childlike faith of David is an incredible example of how we all must use what Panoply God has specifically tailored to our unique gifting and to our fiery trials and battles.

David exemplifies passionately, courageously, and without hesitation how we must all speak to the difficulties, fears and fiery trials in our lives.  He states the facts, claims the promises of God and follows through ALL the way to completion claiming victory and giving the glory to God.  His heart is unmistakable. Just listen in this passage of 1 Samuel. 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, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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.” – 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)

If you think you’re not prepared for that promotion, to battle that disease, to conquer your biggest fears? I’m here to tell you God has already equipped you. You may feel like you have unassuming armor, but I am living proof you too have what it takes in Christ to claim your victory.

Speak life into your circumstance.
Speak life into your finances. 
Speak life into your relationships. 
Speak life into your health.
Speak life over your fears, worry, doubt. 

I pray David encourages you as he does me to take off the old armor of worry, fear, doubt and unbelief and boldly run to the battle line claiming victory. You’ve got what it takes. God has prepared you for such a time as this. By the power of the Holy Spirit given to you, you’ve had it all along.
This post was is in response to WordPress’ The Daily Prompt

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