“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40
When David went out to face the giant Goliath, he took five smooth stones with him in his shepherd’s bag. I wonder why he did that? He was only going out to face one giant. Did he think he had better take four extra stones just in case he missed the first time (or more than once)? If you’ll take the time to read 2 Samuel 21:15-22, you’ll discover that Goliath had four brothers. When David faced Goliath he was confident that he would have the victory – I don’t believe that he was afraid of missing- because he knew that the Lord was with him. “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:46) David knew that the Lord had already delivered Goliath into his hands before he ever faced him. Since he knew that he would kill the giant, he also knew that in doing so he might have to face his brothers who might want revenge. So David took five stones with him- one for Goliath and one for each of his brothers.
Sometimes when we face a “giant” in our lives, it doesn’t always come by itself- sometimes it has some “brothers”. Sometimes you don’t just have one problem, you may have two, or they may come in triplicate. Be on guard, there may be another problem you have to face as a result of the first problem. But know this, it doesn’t matter how many “giants” you face, if the Lord delivers you from one, He’ll deliver you from them all- just like He did David. David knew when he gathered the stones that if God could take care of one giant with one stone, He could take care of five giants with five stones. If the Lord has defeated one giant on your behalf, He will defeat any more that come your way.
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