Testing The Armor
TESTING THE ARMOR
David, the young shepherd, delivers his case to Saul, the king of Israel, as to why he should go into a life or death battle with Goliath the champion warrior of the Philistine nation to determine the fate of Israel. David lays out his resume' before the king describing his battles with more dangerous foes that he conquered by the hand of God. This Philistine will be no different than any of them. Saul agrees with the young man's reasoning and offers his armor and sword to David for the battle. David tries them on and responds, "I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them" (1 Samuel 17:31-39).
Was the armor and sword faulty? Were they insufficient for the battle? What further testing was needed? The problem wasn't with Saul's armor, but with David's lack of knowledge concerning their use. He had never worn this armor before; he had never wielded this sword. He was unfamiliar with it and uncomfortable in preparing for battle with the enemy. David chose what he was familiar with and what he had used in the past. Though simple and unassuming, a sling and a few stones was his weapon of choice. He knew how to use them; they were as natural as an extension of himself.
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, exhorts as he closes the letter, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you might be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10-11).
This armor and sword is suited perfectly for the battle for which it was intended. Designed by God and fitted for our individual needs, it needs no modification. How well we use this armor and sword is dependent upon us. Are we familiar with it? Do we find it natural to use? Are we comfortable wearing it? David's hesitation with Saul's armor was in the fact it wasn't his and he had never tested it in the field. Have we tested our armor? Have we studied it and learned its capabilities? David had no reservations at all about facing Goliath. In fact, he charged and brought the battle to the giant; he had that much confidence. Not in his skill or choice of weapon, but in God's power to deliver. How much confidence do we have? David's confidence came from experience because he had often placed his trust in God before and it was never displaced.
God's armor is perfect for us. Let us become intimately acquainted with it and put it to use. Satan will never give up the battle and our only chance to survive is to put on the armor and face the enemy. Take the battle to him for he will flee from us "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
Authored by: Kevin Winn – Preacher for the West Murray church of Christ