THE ARMOR DOESN’T FIT
Series: Destructive Pressure
Imagine being called in. You are needed. Your strengths, power, goodness being asked for. No one else can do it. You’re up. This is what was happening to the young man, David.
The armies had assembled and facing off across the valley from each other. In the Philistine army they had a champion; a giant. All this Goliath had to do was speak and he had the Israelites shaking in their armor. He was a gruesome and skilled warrior and no one would get near him. David, knowing none of this, comes to visit his brothers who are Israelite soldiers. While he is there he hears the threats by Goliath and is appalled that no one would face him. David said as much and ended up in front of King Saul. After David convinces Saul that he has what it takes to face this giant, the king’s armor is offered to him. Let’s pick up the story here.
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“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. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:38-40 NLT)
We all know that David went on to kill the giant with his slingshot and was the great hero. But, what I want us to notice is in these verses. David said no to the kings armor! He had the audacity to refuse the king. No one gets offered the king’s own armor. This is a privilege and an honor. Not only that, but imagine a life or death situation in which you had to face off a man who is way bigger, stronger, taller and has a bigger reach than you. He is going to attack you with a sword, a spear and a javelin. Umm… You might want some armor! David says no and instead grabs his shepherds clothes, his staff and sling.
David knew who he was. And because of this anchored identity he didn’t bow under the external pressure. And this was no small pressure. The King of the land, David’s brothers, other officers, soldiers and advisors all crowding in, all with opinions and more fighting experience than David. He defied all of them with behavior that seemed insane. But, he did not sacrifice who he was to save face. He did not cave to take the easier, less confrontational route. The real victory happened before he even met Goliath.
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The armor didn’t fit so he said no to it. The questions is, what armor have you been dragging around that doesn’t fit you? What healthy boundaries do you need that would protect who you are instead of being buried under the pressure of who everyone else wants you to be? True freedom is having the courage to say “No thank you” to the pressure and heading across the valley with nothing but what the Good Lord gave you.