Unique Techniques: A Lesson from the Life of David

By Charles R. Swindoll



Man is impressed with the externals; he doesn’t see the heart. God is different. He doesn’t judge by appearance or intelligence. King Saul hadn’t learned that, however, so he looked at David and said, “You don’t have the size for it. You’re just a kid. Look over there at that giant!” (See 1 Samuel 17:17-39.)

As I picture it, David was blinking and thinking, What giant? The only giant in my life is God. That’s a dwarf over there, Saul. God is not impressed with the externals; He looks on the heart. God is omnipotent! And if He’s on my side, omnipotence can’t lose.

So often, when facing our own giants, we forget what we ought to remember, and we remember what we ought to forget. We remember our defeats, and we forget the victories. Most of us can recite the failures of our lives in vivid detail, but we’re hard-pressed to name the specific, remarkable victories God has pulled off in our past.

Not so with David! He says, “You know why I can fight Goliath, Saul? Because the same God who gave me power over a lion and a bear will give me power over Goliath. It is God who will empower me . . . so just let me at him.”

Well, that let Saul off the hook, so he says, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.” Isn’t it remarkable how people can use spiritual clich?s to cover up their empty lives? They know all the right words to use . . . all the pious-sounding sayings. Saul sure did.

Then Saul said, “Now wait a minute, David. We have to fix you up for battle.” Imagine it! You can’t tell me the Bible doesn’t have humor, because it says, “Saul clothed David with his garments.” Here’s Saul, a 52 long, and David is a 36 regular.

What works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else. We’re always trying to put our armor on someone else or wear someone else’s armor. But that’s not the way to do battle. It was a great breakthrough in my own life when I finally discovered that I could be me and God would use me. I couldn’t operate well, wearing another’s armor. God provides unique techniques for unique people.

Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, “Unique Techniques,” in Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing, 2005), 115. Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



About the Author: Charles R. Swindoll



Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.


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