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
Why “five smooth stones?” What were the extra stones for?
David chose five smooth stones from the stream. From the scripture it is clear that David has complete faith in God that he will defeat Goliath with one stone. In verse 40, after he chose the stones he approached the Philistine. Verse 41 tells us that Goliath kept coming closer to David and got close enough to see that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.That is pretty close! But that’s not all! Goliath cursed David by his gods and tells him he will give his flesh to the birds and wild animals. That is terrifying! But David proceeds to make it very clear he KNOWS he will only need one shot to bring down Goliath.
Verse 45-49 says: 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. 46 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 there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it this not by the sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
This scripture tells us that David knew he would need one stone. He ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. David was so close that if the first stone had not killed this extremely well armored giant (who also happened to have a shield bearer in front of him), the next strike would be Goliath’s. What are the chances Goliath’s attack wouldn’t be fatal?
The text tells us that David reached into his bag and took out a stone. Just one stone! That one stone is all we need to defeat our giants, to win our battles. That is our one ROCK we need to be victorious. That rock is Jesus!
But! When David reaches into his bag to grab that stone, he feels the other smooth stones with it. Those stones are reassurance, those stones empower him, those stones give him the courage to go to battle against the giant with only one stone in his hand.
Like David, I know I only need my one rock to do battle against the giants I am up against. But I absolutely lean on the living water washed and shaped, smooth stones in my bag to reassure me, empower me, encourage me and pray for me as I run quickly toward the battle line to meet my giant.
The women I gather with every week teach me, love me, guide me, encourage me, and love me through every battle. They are there for me and I for them. We need the extra stones in our bag. But only living water washed and smoothed stones will do! The more of these beautiful stones I add to my bag, the lighter my load becomes! In a way that only Jesus can, he makes my smooth stones of encouragement light so that I can have them with me every time He and I go to battle together.
Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for the beautiful, smooth stones you have provided. They are constant reminders of you, the one Rock I need. They reassure me, empower me, and encourage me every time I run to the battle line with You. Forgive me when I forget that the battle is Yours and I try to go to battle without you. Help me to always remember you are my Rock, my Redeemer, and I walk in victory only because of You. I love you, Jesus. Thank you for loving me.