Saturday, November 25 2017
I get asked, "What does the 5 stones stand for?" So here is the quick back story. Earlier this year I was prompted to get up earlier to have more time with the Lord. It was not an "I am jumping out of bed excited" kind of thing. I was struggling to honor this committment I made to God. I needed help! His help. One morning I was in 1 Samuel reading about David, just skimming through, hitting the highlights, not sure why I was there. 1 Samuel 17:40 lept out at me. "Then he took his staff in his hand, and he choose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepard's bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand." There seemed something so significant about the five stones to me. I kept asking the Lord, "Why the five stones?". I know why David took five, but what do You have for me here.
The five stones are weapons we need to carry with us at all time to defeat the giants we are facing in our life, in our homes, our family, our community and our nation. They are the tools we need to rebuild, rediscover and renew after the battle. These five stones cross all areas of our life- spiritual, physical, relational, financial and emotional. These five stones I carry in my pouch are there not only for me and my family but for you and yours.
What I have gained from this indepth seeking of God in these five stones is Clarity. Clarity of purpose, direction and focus. What we focus on we find. God's word is clear Proverbs 8:17 "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me." I said I wanted a close, intimate relationship with God but wasn't putting Him first. We only get to know Him intimately by spending time with Him, in the word, seeking His face. Many of us are facing very difficult battles and don't know which way to turn. We cry out for clear direction but cannot hear His voice. We must take out the stone called Clarity and wield it against the giant that gets in our way of our time with God.
Seek first His kingdom. God first. We follow this and clarity comes.