1 Samuel 17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose 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.
Talent alone is not enough to give you victory; you must put God in the success equation. David undoubtedly was a talented fighter, but his talent was not enough to make him victorious over Goliath. Neither would it have sufficed against the Lion and the Bear. The instruments that David took with him into battle against Goliath give us clues to the secret to his success. In addition to his sling, he took a staff and five smooth stones . The staff we know represents power and authority; by taking the staff, we know that one of the keys to David’s success was that he went into battle being led by the spirit of God. The smooth stones that he took with him are a representation of the word of God. With the smooth stones he built his success on the principles and the laws of God and thereby attracted the favour of God.
Never make the mistake of thinking that because you are talented that is all you need for success. That is a fallacy. If you have been around long enough you will realize that such a false thinking will only result in you making mistakes after mistake. You have to put God in your success equation; when you do you will attract His favour. His favour will do more for you in a day than your efforts will never be able to accomplish in a lifetime. Joseph being promoted to the second highest office in Egypt and Daniel in the Lion’s den are only two of countless examples that exemplified this.
Life Application: Put God in your success equation by choosing daily to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit and build your life decisions around the word of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, whether it is big or small do not let me leave you out of the equation. I commit everything to you right now recognizing that there is nothing that you cannot do. Allow me to rely on your Spirit and not my talent and abilities. In Jesus name, amen.