“Then Saul gave David his own armor–a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. ‘I can’t go in these,’ he protested to Saul. ‘I’m not used to them.’ So David took them off again” (1 Samuel 17:38-39).
Apparently King Saul was around 6’4” tall and at least “a head taller” than anyone else in Israel (1 Samuel 9:2).
David was “only a boy” and not old enough to be in the army where the average height was about 5’4”, so it’s assumed he was only about 5 feet tall (1 Samuel 9:2).
Now picture David, at around 5 feet tall, putting on King Saul’s armor that fitted a solid man of approximately 6’4”! Imagine the hilarity of the situation with David trying to walk in armor that’s way too big for him! A funny and crazy situation before a serious battle!
King Saul wanted to protect young David, so he thoughtfully gave him what had always worked for him, but David is not Saul. It didn’t fit!
How often do we accept people’s ill-fitting advice?
They may do it out of love and it may be what has worked for them, but they are not you. Here is where we need wisdom and discernment from God–and sometimes a sense of humor too.
David wisely decided to take the ill-fitting earthly armor off. He removed what didn’t fit him and chose to trust God’s spiritual armor (1 Samuel 17:37).
Whatever challenge, struggle, or battle you’re in, God has the perfect solution. God’s ways are not our ways though, so it may be a peculiar solution to perfectly fit you.
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord'” (Isaiah 55:8).
For David, his solution was not wearing physical armor and using 5 round stones and a sling shot that was familiar. It was a crazy scenario, but one where strong faith in God, wisdom, and knowledge of his strengths created victory.
Prayer: Thank You Lord that You have the perfect solution for me! Help me to listen to You and have faith in the directions You’re taking me, even when it’s not what other people think is right. Give me Godly wisdom and discernment. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright was living with her family among the gum trees in South Australia. Currently she’s living with a friend while they sell their family home. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
What peculiar direction is God leading you in right now? Could it be that what seems crazy is actually the best fit for you?