Five Smooth Stones

Ever wonder why David stopped at the brook and chose five smooth stones before facing Goliath? Why five? We know that only one was used, so why not more, or maybe less? Let’s take a few minutes and take a closer look. 

We are all very familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath. David was sent to check on his brothers so that he may bring news of them and of the battle back to his father. Upon arriving, he was quite surprised at was going on. He could not believe that someone would be so bold to insult God and His people. This did not set well with David. After looking around, he decided he would face the giant. He went to King Saul and told him that he would face Goliath. King Saul was somewhat taken back by this young man’s courage. When David was asked what he would do, David replied with three interesting prospectives:

1. He had assessed the situation 

2. He remembered how God had helped him in the past when facing a lion and a bear

3. He was trusting in God to face a new giant

King Saul offered him battle gear, but David new his strength and protection was with God and not with man’s ability or might. Upon his way to face Goliath, David stopped by a brook and chose five smooth stones. You might ask, “why five?” The number 5 is very significant in the Bible. It is the number associated with Grace, but it goes much deeper than that. Look at it this way:

Stone 1 – Comfort

Stone 2 – Hope

Stone 3 – Trust

Stone 4 – Strength 

Stone 5 – Faith

Though only one stone was used, I believe David carried with him Comfort, Hope, Trust and Strength. The stone that was used to kill Goliath was FAITH.

How are you facing your giants? Are you trusting in man and his ability, or are you trusting in God and His abilities? With God you can rest assured knowing that you have Comfort, Hope, Trust, Strength and the Faith needed when facing your Giants!

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