The five stones of David
1 Samuel 17:40 - And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
I was inquired about why David picked up only five stone, did they represent something?
If you go in details with the scripture, you will find that the battle was taken place across a mountain range, with a valley in between the two armies.
When David picked up the stone, he did so from the same valley where he was to fight Goliath. I have yet not received the revelation of five representing something (if there may be one).
As to what I was made to understand was the whole fight was to do with - how to approach personal attacks / problems. The sling bag David carried had limited capacity therefore David took five stones, to the full capacity of his bag. When we approach our problems, like David we should have the fear (reverence) of the Lord, the knowledge of our God, be in awe of His glory, His unlimited potency, His superiority over all things etc.. When we know this, then we do not overdo our efforts to pray or (spiritually) fight against our situation. Remembering and hoping with the testimonies we have or others shared with us (If you do not have or know any that open the Bible and read, there are many such testimonies). We develop that trust, wherein God will solve or deliver us from our problems. Whatever time we have on hand, or resources available, we just use it to full capacity (not overdoing), working through the same situation we are in.
For example in between a problem situation, we do not have to take a holiday from work to pray. Being in that situation, whatever time we get we should use it fully for prayer.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, like David had a relation with You, I too like to have that relation with You. To know You as the Divine One, the only God, the Creator of the world. There is nothing bigger than You. I ask this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Sirach 2:1-11 [KJV- Apocrypha]
2:1 My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.
2:2 Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.
2:3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.
2:4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.
2:5 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
2:6 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.
2:7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.
2:8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.
2:9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.
2:10 Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?
2:11 For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.
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