“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…” [1 Samuel 17:38]
For God’s people moving forward into a New Year means moving forward in the exciting but unknown and sometimes mystifying ways of God. Spiritually it may leave a man or woman with a sense of imbalance. We sing about ‘standing on higher ground’, but standing steady in a new place and maintaining balance cannot be achieved by reaching for external props. The secret of holding a steady stance is the knowledge that you are complete in Christ. [Colossians 2:10] Not to be what you are not but to rest in who He is; not striving but at peace with who God has made you to be. You will find you are perfectly fitted for what He has called you to do, not requiring another pattern outside of who He has made you to be. There was a time when the youth of our nation were heard saying, “I need to go find myself”! Obviously it was like watching a cat chasing his tail. You cannot get away from who you are or find the answer externally. The answer lies within.
Power always flows to the point of least resistance. Letting go of egos and emotions allows the Holy Spirit to touch man’s will and open the door for surrender. David understood that whatever he needed for the present circumstances would not be some new and external equipment that were unfamiliar to him. “I cannot go in these”, he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them”. [1 Samuel 17:39b] David knew that through previous situations he had already been trained and equipped to deal with the present problem.
Drawing from that training he was able to face Goliath with the confidence that the same God who had equipped him as the simple shepherd would enable him as the one who would conqueror Goliath. All the years of protecting the sheep had molded him to protect the nation of Israel.
Keep in mind this morning you may be standing in a new place, but the God who sent you there is the same God that will stabilize you there.
Further reading: Proverbs 10:25; 1 Samuel 17; Acts 2:28