Read: 1 Samuel 13:16-22
In the book of Samuel, we learn that the Philistines found many ways to block the destiny of the Israelites, including ridding their nation of all blacksmiths that create, mold, shape, and sharpen tools that support work, production, and even war. 1 Samuel 13:19 states, “Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”” The Philistines knew that if the Hebrews had the right tools, they would soon be defeated.
When the Hebrews tools became dull and were no longer effective they had to go down to the Philistines and pay them to sharpen their tools, the same tools that were not easy to come by. They had to pay for the very service that they were denied in providing for themselves. In the midst of contention, no man in Israel had an effective tool to fight in the battle, except Saul, the King of Israel and his son, Jonathan – most likely because they had the wealth and the connections to get and maintain protection.
Despite all of this, God allowed the Israelites to win this particular battle, through an action of faith on the part of Jonathan and his armor bearer. With Jonathan’s sword and the power of God, he and his armor bearer were able to slay many men and put fear and confusion into the hearts of the men resting within the Philistine camp, so much so, that the Philistines became their own worst enemy when they began to use their weapons to destroy one another.
In saying all of this, what ineffective tools are you carrying today, or more boldly, what tools are you allowing to be held out of your reach that is in turn blocking you from reaching your destiny?
I was inspired to write this post because my son, Christian just started playing baseball again after taking about 1 ½ years off. He has a natural talent for the game, so I was a little worried when he got behind the bat and he wasn’t performing as well as he had in the past.
Now I know that when you take on a sport, practice and time will improve your game, but here we were in a new place, on a new team, and my son wasn’t looking like he could offer his new team much. After a few practices, he came to me and said, “I need a new bat.” To him, his main tool was ineffective. My response to him was, “After I paid all this money for registration and equipment, you better use the bat you have son.” But Christian didn’t give up, he kept asking and even bookmarked a website where I could purchase the bat he had his eye on.
In the meantime, he picked up a teammates bat instead, a bat that was shorter, more expensive and most likely lighter than the one he possessed. When he went up to bat, he knocked the ball nearly out of the park. He didn’t do this once, but multiple times, wherein with his own bat, he didn’t hit the ball not one time.
This event peaked my interest, and I started doing research on bats, and what I found astounded me, because I was blind to the proper tool that my soon needed to be successful. His greatness was being blocked by the very person that was trying to expose and mold him to clearly define his path.
A batter’s success is all in the composition of the bat – its length and weight plays a major role in how the batter swings and impacts the ball. A bat that is too long may just as well be too heavy and will affect the speed of the swing, hence in Christian’s case, he kept striking out. If the bat is cheap, its composition, again may be made of materials that are too heavy. In a way I was like the Philistines, withholding the very resources my son needed to do battle with on the field.
So again, I ask you, what ineffective tools are you carrying today or more boldly, what tools are you allowing to be held out of your reach that is in turn blocking you from reaching your destiny?
What action do you need to take today to take possession of the proper tools needed to propel you towards your destiny?
Here are some questions that will allow you to coach yourself into greatness!
- What’s holding you back from the things you want in life?
- Is there a tool or resource that you are in need of to make your skills more profitable?
- What action steps can you take to get rid of inadequate tools and replace them with tools that will sharpen your game and propel you towards greatness?