1 Samuel 17:38-40
Wanted to take some time and finish off the “Armored” lessons with you today! Couldn’t leave out this last message giving you a visual of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God.” My mind was BLOWN when I came across this example and I pray your mind will be on another planet too after seeing this truth. It’s so awesome how a story from the Old Testament gives us this visual example of something written years later. God’s Word is filled with so much GOLD!!!! OMG!!!
Alright, so we’ve been talking about the armor of God and using the story of David and Goliath as a visual example to see what putting the armor of God on looks like for us in our daily lives. After David talks King Saul into letting go fight this ginormous warrior in Goliath, Saul’s first reaction is to give David his own battle armor so he can look like a real soldier and be protected.
The cool thing to notice here is how Saul’s armor doesn’t fit David, it’s uncomfortable to him and doesn’t feel right. It’s easy to hear, “put on the armor of God,” and think of just this, putting on physical armor right?? Well, when mentioned in Ephesians 6, God had a little different meaning than what we first think of when we hear “armor.” The armor of God isn’t physical armor at all, it’s how we stand in God’s presence, knowing who God is and our identity in Him. In God’s presence, standing under who He is, we have more protection than we could ever need.
Just like the Israelite soldiers had on all this physical armor and Saul trying to give David his armor, the truth was, David didn’t need all this man-made stuff that made everybody else feel good, comfortable and what they trusted in. We are faced everyday with the temptation to put on different types of armor that’s not the armor we need. We can try to put on our own armor, trusting in our own skills and abilities to do the job. Or we can try someone else’s armor on, trying to be like another in any way we can and trust in trying to look the part such as the soldiers David was surrounded by. Or we put our trust in the armor of this world, what we have or own, anything around us that is man-made that makes us feel like with that one thing, we’ll be secure and protected. We try so hard everyday to put on these different armors but at the end of the day, none of it does us any good. If anything it covers us like a mask so the world around us thinks we’ve got it all together when the truth is any armor of this world, it won’t fit and it definitely won’t work!!!!
We look at Saul’s reaction giving David his armor to put on and we see all of these Israelite soldiers in armor looking the part and it makes sense logically. Yeah, of course David would need this armor, duh!?!! That’s what stinks because we put our hope and trust in things of this world to be our armor because we are constantly consumed with all the lies and influence that it’s the right, logical thing to do but IT’S NOT!!!! We need nothing besides the armor of God, our only chance of protection and confidence in this battle against the evil one.
Gosh!!!! It’s so cool in verse 40 how David says, ““I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.”
That’s where we see what putting on the armor of God looks like for us, taking of all the worldly physical armor we are used to using and that the world tells us is right, the armor that we try to make fit but it doesn’t. Like it says, David “took them off.” Then trusting in God’s armor, God’s strength and who God is. David walking out onto the battlefield with no physical armor but in the armor of God, walking confidently into battle because God, the always faithful, breakthrough bringing, the almighty undefeated Champion of all. His armor changes everything.
What’s cool to see too is how David walks onto the battlefield with his own stuff, a sling, some rocks, and a staff. David gives us an example here that in God’s armor, we can walk onto the battlefield with our identity in God, with our own stuff, as God has created us specifically and perfectly, we can walk with God in who He made us to be. Do you see the FREEDOM in that???? It doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, what the enemy throws at you, the times you’ve fallen in the past, or what the world says about you.
ALL THAT MATTERS; is that God’s armor fits on you right where you are, exactly how God made you. His armor is custom fit for you and me. You can walk on the battlefield of life to face the enemy in no physical armor but standing strong in the armor of who God is and your identity in Him! David had plenty of things that made Him seem like he wasn’t enough, you may have some things that make you feel like you’re not enough, and I DEFINITELY have some things that make me feel like I’m not enough. ALL THAT MATTERS when you step onto the battlefield of life is how you stand with God. That’s it. It’s all about God and not you. That is it.
I’ll leave you with this; look at how David steps onto the battlefield, after being taunted once again by the enemy, Goliath, look at how David responds. And reminder here, when you take that step of faith out onto the battlefield in God’s armor, the enemy always send opposition trying to tell you how you’re not enough. Like David mentions here, it’s not about Him, he comes in the name of God, with His identity in God and God is more than enough.
” ‘Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord ’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” ‘
1 Samuel 17:41-47