THURSDAY, MAY 24
“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off.”
1 Samuel 17:38-39 ESV
SPIDER-MAN: CLOTHED FOR THE FIGHT
There is a scene in Spider-Man Homecoming where Tony Starks (Iron-Man) ask Peter Parker to give him the Spider-Man suit back. Tony Stark says, “I wanted you to be better. I’m gonna need the suit back.” Peter Parker replied, “But I’m nothing without this suit!” Tony Stark answered, “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” The lesson was Peter’s character was more important than his clothing.
In 1 Samuel 17 King Saul thinks David will need Saul’s armor to survive a battle with Goliath. David knew that wearing someone else’s armor would not help him with his battle. The way God had shaped David emotionally, physically and spiritually was not the same way He had shaped Saul.
We can’t meet our Goliath’s in someone else’s strength or gifts, because what works for them may not work for us. We have to be who God has made us to be. There’s an old expression, “A suit doesn’t make a man. A man makes a suit.” The most important issue in a spiritual fight is not our outward appearance but our relationship and identity in Christ. If we spend most of our life trying to be someone else we will spend most of our life feeling inadequate, unsatisfied, unfulfilled and defeated.
It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap. What situations are the most tempting for you to compare yourself to others? (i.e. work, social media, school, or family) Ask God how He has uniquely clothed you emotionally, spiritually, mentally or physically for those situations. And where you feel weak or inadequate. Claim 2 Corinthians 12:9,10 where the Bible says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”