MEMORY VERSE: And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. 1 Samuel 17:28
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: II Chronicles 29-32
In our post of Friday 16th October 2015, we mentioned that Goliath represents different things to different people. To the armies of Israel, he represented the angel of death. All they heard was Goliath’s voice and they began to shake (1 Samuel 17:11). The moment they saw him, they fled (1 Samuel 17:24). To Saul, Goliath represented his end of reign as the king of Israel because Goliath had demanded for a combat between himself and an army of Israel; if the fellow loses, which was inevitable, he would be dethroned and the Philistine king will take over. Since there was no man who could fight Goliath, he considered his tenure ,as king, officially over. However to young David, Goliath was an opportunity – an opportunity to become the king’s in-law and his family exempted from the payment of tax since that was the price for killing Goliath. To David, Goliath also represented a big mountain on his way to becoming king. The Lord had rejected Saul as king, and had commanded Prophet Samuel to anoint David as king (1 Samuel 16). Whilst waiting for Saul to die and take over as king, Goliath appeared on scene threatening to take over Israel.
Before David killed -his – Goliath, several things happened. On Friday, we discussed about one of the things that happened to him – the armies of Israel tried to put fear in him. They said a lot of things to weaken his faith in God but thank God he was not moved by what they said. Another thing that happened to him was Eliab (his senior brother) told him he didn’t belong to the group of people who could defeat Goliath. When he saw David he asked him “what are you doing here”? 1 Samuel 17:28 says, “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” At a point, he called him a proud boy for dreaming to conquer Goliath. Friend, people may attribute your vision of greatness for pride. Just as David’s own brothers were against him, your own brothers may turn against you. At times, they may even get angry at you for attempting to do something they couldn’t do. Thank God David did not allow his brothers to bully him off fighting with Goliath.
Also on that day, Saul (the king and one of the most trusted figures in Israel) told him he will not make it. 1 Samuel 17:33 says, “And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” Saul literally told him he stood no chance of conquering Goliath. He told him he was too young, inexperienced, not strong enough, etc. People who have failed will always tell you, “you can’t”. Everyone he encountered on that day tried to break his spirit. I don’t know what people have said to you regarding that project that God has laid on your mind or concerning that professional exam you want to sit for, just hold on to God’s word. Those who said David couldn’t do it watched him do it because God was with him. Those who said David wasn’t good enough or too weak or too inexperienced watched him cut off Goliath’s head because God was with him. David could have believed what everyone was saying but he didn’t. He believed in God and acted in line with the leading of the Holy Spirit and at the end, he became a wonder.
COUNSEL: Stop listening to those who say you can’t. You can because the God who helped David is with you. You can take on that project and finish it. You can sit for that exam and pass it. You can start that business and succeed in it. You can make a difference. You can be a change agent. You can be a liberator.
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