1Samuel 17:40 “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”
David pulled off the armour of Saul and picked up his staff. His staff is something he has used and proven over time. A staff to a shepherd represents his history and experiences. It is his constant companion. No shepherd operate without a staff.
The first thing given to a shepherd by his father or mentor is a staff. He is then trained to use it skillfully both to direct the sheep and to defend himself. Over time and by reason of constant practice and use, the staff becomes his most trusted ally.
God is our Father and our great Shepherd. He is the Shepherd of shepherds. Hear this:
Psalms 23: “The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want”
1Peter 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
1Peter 5:4 “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
As our Chief Shepherd, when He sent us into the world, the first thing he gave us is a staff. There is nobody here on earth without one. He knows there will be lions, bears and Goliath so he armed us with a staff.
The major issue however is that many people have no idea that they have a staff. Many belittle their own while others completely neglect theirs. Your ability to relate well with your staff will determine your success or failure in the critical battles of life.
Beloved, your staff is simply your gifts and talents. What distinguished great men and women all through history have always been their gifts and talents. You can never mention a successful man without identifying him with a staff.
A staff shows up in different forms with different people.
To be continued…
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