Preparation for the Day of Battle

1Samuel 17:39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

This verse is the beginning of the David and Goliath story. Saul has offered David his weapons and armor. David tries them on and attempts to go out but realized quickly that he has not proved or practiced with those weapons. David chooses to take his sling and go into battle with them. He uses what he is used to. He uses what he has proven or is experienced with.

The application of this for you today is to answer the question, “what tools has God given you that you can use in His service?” You may not be able to use Saul’s sword or Abner’s armor but God has given you something you can use for His honor and glory. Look over your life. See what natural, spiritual desires and abilities that God has given you. Do you like teaching? Are you gifted with children? Can you sing? Are you a natural servant? Do you have a desire and ability to give? Can you motivate, challenge and excite others to do things for God? Examine yourself and find out what gifts and abilities He has given you.

The second point would be that even though you are gifted you may not be proving or practicing with what God has given you. Many have talents that they do not use. They have abilities that go unproven. The time comes that God would use you but you can do nothing because you weren’t busy practicing with what God gave you. How have you used the talents you discovered in the last paragraph? Though God gave you the ability to teach are you sitting on the sidelines waiting to be asked to work or are you working? Do you spend time criticizing the work of others or do you do the work? Have you taken the first small steps in using your gifts? It all starts small. Get with it!

Many are not satisfied with the weapons God gave them and instead of using what they have they spend their time longing for the shiny sword or other impressive weapon that they do not have. God would use you. He would use your abilities. He has a plan for you but you are unavailable, unpracticed, not ready, just jealous. It is amazing when you consider the number of judgmental, criticizing christians there are sitting on the pews of our churches. Though they do nothing they judge everyone. They would get in the ministry if they could have “that ministry!“ They do not want to serve they want to be recognized. They are upset that God didn’t gift them like He did the other person. Rather than using what they have they live in a dream world without any desire to be used.

Get ready the day of battle is coming! God wants to use you. Start where you are with what you have!

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