SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
No short illustrations.
Again, it may be seen from this promise that God, to some extent, has seen fit to
condition His action upon the believer's prayer; for the Scripture says; "If ye shall
ask anything in my name, I will do it"; and this is the secret of all true
evangelism...It is, then, the teaching of Scripture that the action of the mighty power of
God in convicting and illuminating the unsaved is also, in a large measure, dependent upon
the priestly intercession of the believer. L.S. Chafer, True Evangelism, p. 90-1
In 1 Samuel 17 we have the thrilling story of David, the modest shepherd boy who slew
Goliath, the arrogant giant of Gath. The drama of that event so occupies our attention
that the spiritual lessons contained in the more minute details may escape our notice.
Today, therefore, I'd like to consider the importance of the expression "five smooth
stones." Why more than one stone? Wasn't David a man of faith? Did he doubt that God
would give him perfect timing and aim as he used his trusty sling to take on the enemy of
Certainly he needed only a single small pebble to accomplish his mission. But wait,
there were at least four other giants (see 2 Samuel 21:15-22). They might rally to
Goliath's defense if something went wrong. Perhaps David had prepared for them. Trusting
the Lord implicitly, he chose one stone for the champion of the Philistines and just
enough to be ready for any others if they attacked.
Why did he choose "smooth stones"? Well, you can shoot much more accurately
with the proper ammunition. He had faith, but he also used sanctified common sense. He
didn't foolishly say, "The Lord is going to do it anyway, so I'll just pick up any
old jagged rocks." No, he recognized human responsibility as well as Divine
providence and selected shiny, round stones that would speed straight to the mark.
Our Daily Bread.
Commentary and Devotional
There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God's sovereignty.
Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that
sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that
sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought to more
earnestly contend to than the doctrine of their Master over all creation--the Kingship of
God over all the works of His own hands--the Throne of God and His right to sit upon that
throne...for it is God upon the Throne whom we trust.