“Does Your Armor Fit?” by Dianne H. Timmering

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40

I read this passage recently and it came to me in a whole new light. Saul tried to dress David in an armor (to defeat Goliath) that he wasn’t used to and which didn’t fit right. So David took it off. He then took his weapon of choice, his staff and five smooth stones and his sling and he approached Goliath. Maybe sometimes we try too hard to battle what we cannot; we try too hard to fix or accomplish something outside of God’s appointed path, without God’s designated “coat of armor.” Maybe it is a good reminder that God is at the head of our enlightened victory even if we don’t know exactly how or even when.

Dearest Lord, we give you the battle. Let us use your shield, your battle cry, your “staff” to shepherd the victory into a healing miracle and a glorious win. We love you. We trust You. Amen.

Dianne Timmering
Vice President of Spirituality