David’s story of how he killed the giant with a simple stone slung from his slingshot is a favorite story with children. There is a song that says that “the sling went round and round and round in the air, and the stone hit the giant, and the giant went tumbling down.”
I made slingshots when I was young. I cut a tree branch with a perfect “Y.”
Those were the days when there were no video games. I enjoyed working on the farm and had fun playing in the open air.
I also loved to collect stones. I was fascinated with the shapes and colors of stones. I still have some. I am sure that you are familiar with what marble and granite look like—smooth and shiny. Do you find such a polished stone in nature? Not quite.
The Bible tells that David “took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine” ().
“He chose five smooth stones.” Where did he find smooth stones? By the brook. Why are the stones by the brook smooth? Does the water make them smooth? Can the water, something so soft, smooth something so hard?
How does the stone become smooth? Through the action of the water. The force of the water, particularly during rainy seasons, pushes the rocks around and they rub against each other.
What is the result? Smooth stones of different shapes and sizes.
There is more to it. Did you ever wonder where sand comes from? Sand particles, called grains of sand, are made from the stones rubbing against each other. The rough stones loose a grain of sand at a time and become smooth stones.
“We are now in God’s workshop. Many of us are rough stones from the quarry. But as the truth of God is brought to bear upon us, every imperfection is removed, and we are prepared to shine as lively stones in the heavenly temple, where we shall be brought into association, not only with the holy angels, but with the King of heaven Himself.”—.
The stone must be chiseled to the right proportions to fit in the building. The truth of God is the chisel; the love of God is the hammer. The polishing process involves test and trial.
“By the mighty cleaver of truth God has brought His people, as rough stones, from the quarry of the world. These stones must be squared and polished. The rough edges must be removed. This is a painful process; but it is a necessary one. Without it, we could not be prepared for a place in God’s temple. By trial, by warnings, by admonitions, God seeks to prepare us to fulfill His purpose. If we cooperate with Him, our characters will be fashioned ‘after the similitude of a palace.’ It is the specified work of the Comforter to transform us. At times it is hard for us to submit to the purifying, refining process. But this we must do if we would be saved at last.”—. [Emphasis supplied.]
“You were rough stones with jagged edges, bruising and marring whoever you came in contact with; there is a work to be done to smooth off the rough edges. If you appreciated the value of the work that is to be done in the workshop of God, you would welcome the blows of the ax and the hammer. Your self-esteem will be hurt, your high opinion of yourself will be cut away by the ax and the hammer, and the roughness of your character will be smoothed off; and when self and carnal propensities are worked away, then the stone will assume proper proportions for the heavenly building, and then the polishing, refining, subduing, burnishing processes will begin, and you will be molded after the model of Christ’s character.”—. [Emphasis supplied.]
Rough stones rub against each other in church capacity to become polished stones, and heart and character are transformed.
“Said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” ().
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” ().
Very early in human history, God promised our first parents: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” ().
What are the giants in your life that need to be smashed by the Rock?
Lack of self-control? Appetite? Presumption? Love of self, pride of life? Love of the world? In Matthew chapter 4 we see that these are the main areas of temptation by which Satan tempted Christ. He presents the same temptations to us.
Psalm 15 points out things like backbiting, evildoing, greed, injustice, and treachery as common giants in people’s lives. Do you gossip or break your promises? These are just a few examples.
“When you fall upon the Rock and are broken, you will experience the power of Christ, and others will recognize the power of the truth upon your hearts.”—, 318.
“We must fall upon the Rock and be broken before we can be uplifted in Christ. Self must be dethroned, pride must be humbled, if we would know the glory of the spiritual kingdom.”—.
“To fall upon the Rock and be broken is to give up our self-righteousness and to go to Christ with the humility of a child, repenting of our transgressions, and believing in His forgiving love. And so also it is by faith and obedience that we build on Christ as our foundation.”—Ibid., p. 599.
We read in 1 Corinthians 10 about the spiritual Rock that led the Israelites in the wilderness. “That Rock was Christ” ().
Have you ever drunk water that comes out from the rock? The purest water comes out from the rock.
The aim of the Christian home should be “that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace” ().
The servant of the Lord described a dream about the doorway to the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. A sentinel guarded it and the following explanation was given:
“You may be tall and well proportioned in self, but no such ones can enter here. None can be admitted who are grown-up children, with all the habits and customs, the disposition, the characteristics, which pertain to children. You have nurtured your suspicions, your criticisms, your bad temper, your self-dignity, and you cannot be permitted to spoil the feast, for all who go in through this door have on the wedding garment, woven in the loom of heaven.
“Your leaven of distrust, your want of confidence, your power of accusing, closes against you the door of admittance. Within this door nothing can enter that can possibly mar the happiness of the dwellers here by marring their perfect trust in one another. Those who have educated themselves to pick flaws in the characters of others have thus revealed a deformity of character which makes families unhappy, which has turned souls from the truth to choose fables. You cannot join the happy family in the heavenly courts, for He will wipe all tears from their faces. You can never see the King in His beauty if you are not yourself a representative of the loveliness of Christ’s character.”—Manuscript Releases, vol. 21, p. 231.
Dear young and old: Let us gladly submit to the Lord’s polishing process. Only then can we brilliantly shine as beautiful smooth stones in the Lord’s temple!
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