Five Smooth Stones: The Importance Of Maturity In Gaining Victory

I want you to consider something: The depth of our maturity in God prepares us to slay giants.

In 1 Samuel 17 we discover that Goliath stood over nine feet tall, was arrayed with heavy armor and taunted the armies of Israel. He was big, skillful and intimidating. No one would stand up to him, except David.

Saul tries to place his armor on David but that does not work. David decides to use what God has given him and, grabbing his shepherd’s staff, he heads to the brook, chooses five smooth stones and approaches Goliath and kills him.

1 Samuel 17:40 “Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine

1 Sam. 17:49-50 “And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.”

Smooth stones slay giants because smooth stones are broken stones refined and prepared for by the Lord.

Why Smooth Stones?

Smooth stones are jagged stones refined in the river and made ready to be used by the Lord to take people to greater levels of Kingdom victory, promotion and authority.

Being mature in the Lord through a refining process is vital if we are going to impact culture and bring personal and corporate victory.

Two things about smooth stones

1. Smooth stones are refined stones.

All stones found in a river start sharp and angular as they break off from other larger rocks. These stones are worn down and shaped as the river’s current takes them downhill. As these stones hit other rocks and while the river flows over them, eventually the stones are made smooth. Smooth stones take years to form. There are no shortcuts.

Refining is never easy but it is necessary. God uses the stones that are bumped, bruised and broken to lead armies. When we stay yielded to the Lord and allow Him to smooth out the rough areas in our lives, we will be ready to partner with Him when Goliath stands in front of us.

2. Smooth stones are mature stones.

Our life has within it stones that are ready to be used by the Lord and stones that are not. While we are well equipped to handle some things we are not yet prepared for others.  God knows the difference.

Smooth stones are ready for battle. Continual growth and maturity in God makes us battle ready. We graduate to greater levels of authority when we allow the refining process to mature us.

Final Thoughts

Don’t despise the refining and growth process. This process is preparing you for greater glory.

Maybe you have recently gone through an experience that you don’t understand. Let me tell you that your experience will be a stone ready to be used

Questions: What benefits can you add in regard to the wisdom of the Lords refining and maturing process in our lives?

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  1. dkoon Jan 28, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I got it when you say smooth stones are refined and mature, but why “smooth” (refined and mature) is needed to do the job? Cause put ourselves in the shoes of facing an enemy, most people I bet would pick up a sharp rugged stone as first choice because it could induce maximum damage.

    I thought about this for a day… then I began to realize that a sharp and rugged stone would encounter a greater resistance as it goes through air. The irregular shape would cause the rugged stone to deviate from its intended target. Whereas a smooth stone minimizes friction as it “streams” through air and its regular shape would prevent it from deviating from its intended path. In short, a smooth stone would likely hit the target, whereas a sharp/rugged stone may look “formidable” on the outside, but is easily “detoured” from its intended path and miss the target!

    By the same token, Christians who went through painful trials are refined like pure gold. When the rough edges of their lives are smoothed out, they become a force that will not be “detoured” by distractions and worries of this life. They may be down for a moment, but will “bounce” back and have overwhelming victory. They will hit the target of their calling and fulfill God’s purpose for their generation!


    1. Greg Simas Jan 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Derrick. Loved what you said above. I believe that pretty much what you said is true and I could not have said it any better. What you said is basically a part 2 of the post. Well done!

  2. Chris Jan 17, 2021 at 6:14 am

    My wife and I were having our review of her stone collection early this morning. She is in remission from a battle with Leukemia but still has post treatment episodes. Her stones help her focus on the immediate but We always try and seek the different level of translation through God’s eyes.
    The question of how many stones, what type of stones they were, but why smooth stones? So I was searching for the smooth stone answer and came across your post. I initially read it for myself, but then I shared it with my wife and we both received a blessing from sharing it together. You know we may never understand all the whys until we are reunited with our Lord and Savior. As followers of Christ we emulate, display His love to others and God knows exactly who He can reach with exactly who He has in His quiver. We are blessed by this passage and God Bless you on your journey.

    1. Greg Simas Jan 17, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Hi Chris. Thank so much for the kind words. I’ll keep you and your wife in prayer as God brings complete healing and full recovery. We serve a good God and Father. Blessings.


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