Sometimes in my life I’ve felt so loaded down with burdens, so obligated to other people and other agendas that I don’t know how I can bear up under it. I stumble along, until finally I realize I’m carrying other people’s expectations on my back, and they’re affecting me in a terrible way.
This is when God has to take me aside and remind me, again, of that lesson from David’s life.
It’s easy to remember the David and Goliath story. It’s big and bombastic and exciting. But it’s a little easier to forget that lesson in the beginning of the story, when David tries to put on Saul’s armor. I used to wonder why God even put that portion of the story in there.
Until I grew up, and started putting on other people’s armor.
This story in 1 Samuel 17:32-40 is about battle armor, which usually is compared to rules and regulations that other people put on us. But I think it also applies to the burdens that other people might try to get us to carry around – the expectations, the demands on our schedule, the self-judgment that declares we aren’t living up to our own ideals.
All these things are the “armor” we put on every day in order to prepare ourselves for what needs to happen on the battlefield of life.