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. I Samuel 17:40
I don’t know about you, but I recently discovered I had a Goliath in my life. No, it wasn’t a person—it was an obstacle—and it was standing between me and God’s victory.
My enemy was time, or more accurately, the lack of it.
As you may have guessed, time wasn’t really the enemy. I discovered time is neutral. Instead the problem came from how I was using it. I had begun to let other things crowd out God’s priorities in my life. When that happened, everything spiraled out of control.
And just like David I had to tackle the problem head on.
But first I needed to pick up the weapons God had given me. And just like David chose five stones, I found five things I needed to re-orient my life.
The very first stone I picked up was God’s truth. Without that as a basis, I knew I’d never have victory.
The next was faith. Without faith in God and His power working through me I’d never be able to enter the fight, much less win it.
The third stone was discipline. I had to be willing to put God’s truth into action in the fight against my Goliath.
The fourth was prayer. I had to keep the lines of communication open as I fought.
The fifth was perseverance. I realized I had to follow through and use the weapons God has given me.