1 Samuel 17:38-40 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, (39) and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. (40) Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
You Can’t Wear Someone Else’s Armor
David couldn’t wear Saul’s armor. David wasn’t Saul. David had to fight like David with the abilities and grace God gave David. You can’t be someone else. The armor David had was very simple as a shepherd, a sling and a spear. But don’t be fooled, a sling in the hand of a skilled shepherd was deadly. This weapon has been used for thousands of years with deadly accuracy. God prepared David to be a shepherd who used a sling, and most importantly, God prepared David to use God’s armor. David did not go into that battle unarmed. The Lord was with him. David was clothed with God’s strength.
You can’t be someone else. You can’t fight this warfare with somebody else’s talents and abilities. You have to be you. God’s grace has given you amazing gifts and strengths that are unique to you, and that’s what you need to take into the battle. Stop trying to be somebody else.
Here is one final thought. My sister-in-law made a great point on Sunday that I’ll share with you. “David didn’t have to know Goliath’s strength, because he already knew God’s strength.” Amen! David didn’t have to take a detailed assessment of the armor and strength of Goliath, because he had already deeply believed and was familiar with God’s strength. That’s the real weapon David took into the battle.