“You come against me with a dagger, spear and sword, but I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me …then all the world will know that Israel has a God, and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves us, for the battle is the Lord’s” – 1 Samuel 17:45-47
The story of David is truly fascinating. He really is the ultimate warrior and he is the kind of man God will use every time!
Let’s’ take a brief look at the kind of man God uses.
First: God will use a man who recognizes that one plus God is and has always been a winning combination!! “I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me” (v.45).
Second: A man who does not focus his attention on his ability and self-adequacy, but on his availability, inadequacy and dependency upon the Lord. When David heard of what was going on with Goliath, David said to King Saul: “Don’t let anyone be discouraged by him; your servant will go and fight the Philistine” (v.32). Saul’s response: “You can’t fight …you’re just a youth, and he’s been a warrior since he was young” (v.33). But David understood God’s goodness in his life and how the Lord had delivered him from lions and bears. “Your servant has killed lions and bears” (v.34).
Third: God will use a man who is potential oriented, not problem oriented!
In the case of David, from outward appearances he had no chance against Goliath, he was young, too small, a mere shepherd boy and had no real battle experience against a man who had proved himself in battle! No one would have blamed David had he stayed far from the front line! But David understood that the battle was not his alone to fight (unlike his brothers who were scared) …”for the battle is the Lord’s” (v.47)!
Jesus’ perspective in selecting and discipling the 12 followed these same principles: He simply knew that each of them had great potential and if they followed Him, they would “become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17).
John MacArthur states in his book Twelve Ordinary Men:
“What is most amazing about the disciples is that Jesus ever selected them at all: among them, a handful of common fishermen, a hated tax collector and an impulsive political zealot. The men the Savior chose were ordinary. Hopelessly human. Remarkably unremarkable.”
The point: Just as Jesus continually re-emphasized the need for His disciples to depend on the Father (Mark 6:7-9) we too are to depend on the Father …He will use your availability for His glory, regardless of your skill level.