Don’t Wear Another Man’s Armor

No one can do the job that God chose you to do.  God picked you for a very specific purpose.  You are meant to be used by Him according to His perfect plan.  He handpicked you to walk a very clear path.  He did so knowing your individual personality, talents and His plan for mankind.

Despite your fears and doubts, you have wonderful things to accomplish for the Kingdom.  God formed you.  He gives you power to reach amazing achievements.  God Doesn’t Call the Qualified He Qualifies the Called.  But you have to trust Him in order to seize these victories.

You may get discouraged.  You may wish that God called someone else but that is just your flesh talking.  It is subtly distrusting God’s casting.  While you should always strive to be holier, you cannot be anyone else than you…and you are perfect for the job. How do you know?  God chose you and He is never wrong!

David is a great example of this truth.  David was a young boy when he was called to fight a giant for God.  He trusted in God’s call on him rather than man’s judgment of his.  This allowed him to show God’s glory.

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God Chose David to Fight Goliath

David was chosen by God to take down Goliath.  This may seem to make sense now as you are familiar with David’s adult life.  It seemed like madness at the time.

Goliath was at least 7 feet tall.  He was a terrifying warrior.  The entire Israelite army was petrified of him.  David was not much more than a child.  He was about 16 years old.  He was not a soldier.  He was not even eligible to serve in the army at the time.  He was “just” a shepherd.  This was the job given to the youngest and smallest of the family.

Who would you choose to fight a 9-foot tall warrior?  Who would be most qualified?

A mighty brave armored warrior of Israel is the obvious choice.  A war-hardened veteran should have gone forward to face Goliath.  Reason, logic, and analytics all point to a clear type of person to fight God’s battle  God doesn’t work according to your expectations and best logic.  Instead, God chose a teenage shepherd boy.  He picked the boy his brothers overlooked.  He did so for His reasons.  Why was David Chosen to Be King? Faith in the Lord is Everything!

David was chosen for this mission for God’s glory.  David was perfectly picked for the job, not anyone else.

When Saul attempts to equip David for the battle, an interesting thing happens.  Saul gives David his heavy armor and sword.  He attempts to have David fight the battle the way Saul would have fought the battle.  Saul was a big man.  He is described as being head and shoulders taller than anyone else.  His armor would have been larger and heavy.

It would have been a great attribute and protection for Saul.

It would have been a hindrance to David.

 

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David could only fight his battle the way God called him to fight.  He was smaller.  He was quick and deadly with a sling.  God had prepared him for this battle by having him fight bears and lions when he was younger.  He was prepped and ready to fight like a shepherd.

Fighting a giant like Goliath any other way would have been a mistake.  Trying to fight like Saul would have been suicide.

Attempting to fight his battle like anyone else would have been foolish

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.  David would have thrown away God’s training in the process.  He may have seemed more exposed without the physical armor, but God put him there and was acting as his shield.

You have battles to fight in this world.  They can seem huge and impossible like fighting Goliath.  The odds can be greatly against you.  It is at this moment that you can want to be someone else.  To be smarter, more eloquent, stronger or just anyone but messy old you can seem like the best thing possible.  To be covered in Saul’s heavy impressive armor may seem like it offers more protection than relying upon God.

That is not God’s plan though.  His judgment on what is needed to fight the battle is better than yours.

He chooses the specific person with a specific history, a lifetime of training and the exact talents needed to win that battle.

You just need to trust in His choice.  The world will say it makes no sense but neither did choosing David.  God chose David for a reason – because David trusted God and would follow His direction.

Click Here for a great look at Why God Chose David as King.

God chose you for your battle.  Whatever enemy is standing before you.  God chose you to be the one to bring that scary warrior to their knees.

Jesus works with the Willing, not the Most Impressive.

God says you are perfect for the fight…Do you trust His choice?

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10 thoughts

  1. “Attempting to fight his battle like anyone else would have been foolish. He would have thrown away God’s training in the process”

    I had often wondered why my path, and my scars, seemed so different to me, like there is no one that had made all the mistakes I had made.

    We are all well suited for something… now, I trust God to show me what it is.

    1. Amen! Paul was so great as the Apostle of grace partly because his life before Jesus was so completely wrong and based on justification by the law. I fell so often in life so God can use me to speak to the fallen.

  2. …the way Saul would have fought the batter – should read ‘battle’

    I think – and hope – this doesn’t post… sorry if it does, but I guess you can remove it??

    Blessings…

    1. Thank! Yeah, me too! It gets easier when we realize we are not capable of any good thing – it is God on the little things too. So why would He be challenged by the big things. He is God after all.

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