Daily Devotional

December 27, 2018

Smooth Stones of Promise

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises. – 2 Peter 1:4

The Book of 1 Samuel tells of the meeting of two armies. Camped on a mountain on one side of a valley were the Philistines, and camped on the other side were the Israelites. Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, defied the armies of Israel. When he stood up, all the Israelites crouched fearfully in their trenches. What a pitiful sight!

Then David came. He’d had an encounter with a lion and a bear while caring for his father’s sheep. God had given him victory, and he was primed for another battle. When he offered to fight Goliath, King Saul outfitted him in his own armor. However, David hadn’t proven it, so he would not use it.

David took a little stroll down by the brook. What was he looking for? There were stones down there, ancient stones. For years, those stones had tumbled up and down in that riverbed until they were smooth. David picked up five. Then he went to meet the giant. He reached down into his bag and pulled out one of those smooth stones, one of those ancient stones, put it into his sling and slung it. By the power of God it found its mark.

We are all in a spiritual battle. But there are some promises in the Word of God—ancient promises—that are like the stones in David’s bag. They have stood the weather, the wind, the waves, and the trials. They worked years ago, and they still work today.

Perhaps you are facing a giant. Perhaps the spiritual battle is a little rough. You can take hold of a promise of God, one of those smooth stones, one of those promises that has been used time after time. The Word of God says. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:7-8). 2 Peter 2:9 says, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.” These are ancient, proven promises. If you have a giant dogging your tracks, use God’s promises. You can have the victory!