Casting and Gathering Stones
This past week we looked at the seasons of Casting and Gathering stones. While both of these seasons have different methods with the same subject, they have some similarities, too. Find out below and discuss with us in the comments.
The Difference First
This one's pretty easy to identify first. One is about bringing in and one is about giving out. We identified in both of these series that stones could also represent the tools God gives us. We used two stories from David's life to show this. One saw him in his youth casting stones at his enemy Goliath to help Israel overcome the Philistines. The other saw him gathering stones together to build the house of the Lord. It is in these two stories that we see a further difference. One is about our problem, our Goliath that we face. The other is about the challenges of others, the temples that need to be built that we're not called to do. We found that in both cases they required something similar
Faith the Common Bond
Both of these seasons require great faith. It took faith for David to stand before Goliath with just the stones and sling he carried. It took faith in the other story, though. He had to have faith that Solomon was going to actually do what was necessary: the construction of the temple. He had to put aside his ego and trust God that He was right about Solomon, and he had to trust Solomon that he would carry on the legacy. Like with Goliath, we have to trust God that he's going to bring us through our situations with the tools He has given us. In the end it's going to be God that does it anyways so it doesn't matter if we have a sword or stone. Just trust God. Likewise we have to trust God that He is going to use more than just us. We have to have faith in our brothers and sisters in Christ that they will take up the banner. Each require faith. Will we have the faith required to stand up and stand aside when the time comes?
What do you think? Which season is easier for you to operate in? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and join us this week for two more seasons in God.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.