“Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.
“David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off.
“Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.” (1 Samuel 17:38–40, The Message)
Most of us know the rest of the story…David shot a stone from his sling and took Goliath out with laser point accuracy.
David lived in today not yesterday. The Bible says, “Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
King Saul’s armor was yesterday’s. Using it would have killed David.
But telling the king, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this,” took both self-awareness and courage.
Self-awareness allowed him get real. David knew himself well enough to say no and to get past how that might sound to important others.
In his “today” style David traveled light. All he had was a sling. He stopped at the brook to pick up some stones on his way to defeat the giant. Then he shot right past Goliath’s old school armor and stoned him before he knew what hit him.
The Bible lets us know that “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life,” (Romans 6:4) and “that is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
We are encouraged to live in today. “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:15)
Finally, regarding today, the Bible says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)
Perhaps it’s time to dump yesterday’s baggage and armor. David did and won the day!
And regarding tomorrow, Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (Matthew 6:34)
It’s about today we sing, “This is the very day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)
Giv’m heaven! – John Parker