Making Sure You Have the Right Equipment
38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine. - 1 Samuel 17:38-40
When it comes to the desires of your heart, you probably never want to be told to “wait.” Waiting is hard to do, especially when you want something so very badly. Desiring something isn’t wrong, but actively seeking it outside of God’s timing is… even when it’s a God-given desire.
There are a lot of reasons why God calls us to wait, but probably the most prominent, is that we have skills, knowledge, and tools we need to pick up and learn before we tackle on the dreams God has given us. When David was gearing up to fight Goliath, David stopped and took the time to make sure he had the right equipment. The right fighting tool wasn’t the armor Saul wanted to protect him with, but what God had asked him to pick up—a sling and five smooth stones.
Sometimes what God asks you to pick up and take into your destiny season seems counterproductive, and not worth the trip. But if you know the end to David’s story, you know that his obedience to stop at the brook and gather those stones was the key to his victory.
Today’s Prayer: Lord help me to wait on your timing. Teach me to persevere through seasons of waiting with joy.
Today’s Challenge: Ask the Lord to show you the purpose of your own waiting. Stop and listen to what He tells you. If there something He’s asking you to do, take initiative to make it happen.