Read 1 Samuel 17:38-40
38 Then Saul gave David his own armour—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.
“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. (NLT)
Saul was really trying to be helpful. Young David could get him out of his predicament with Goliath so he bent over backwards to equip him to beat this oversized adversary. We can presume the king’s own armour would be top quality.
The problem was that it wasn’t right for David. This particular man fighting this particular battle didn’t need that particular weapon. We know from the story that David chose much simpler weaponry, more suited to his age and size and strategy. And he won the battle.
This story tells us many things, but one thing we note here: we need the right tools to get the right job done. And those tools can vary from person to person. One person evangelises through preaching, another through doorknocking, another through mass media, another through friendships, another through serving the poor. One person fights despondency via praise songs, another via counselling, another via journaling, another via participating in sport or the gym.
One size doesn’t fit all. Beware of assuming that what works for you will work for others. Beware of imposing a regime on people as they face their battles. What is right for you may not be right for them. When it comes to helping those in need of help, our task is not so much to tell them what to do, but to aid them in discerning what God might want them to do. He can always be trusted to give them the tools to do the job.