“… How can I attack an enemy when I can’t even walk? So he removed every bit of Saul’s armor. He would fight the Philistine as he had fought those lions and bears.”- 1 Samuel 17:39
David was asked to wear the best, to fight Goliath. It was esteemed to have the King give his own armor, a bronze helmet and a coat of mail that protected the chest. Above all the heavy sword was strapped outside the armor. But, he was bold enough to speak up. In someone else’s outfit David was paralyzed to even make a move to the conviction in his heart. This kind of boldness comes when you have sought the Lord in your secret moments; when no one’s watching. We get the courage not to be driven by people and their attention when we have captured the heart of our Father in heaven.
The strength God pours out on you, in YOUR PERSONAL time with Him, is very different from someone else’s anointing and strength. There is greatness inside of you which none in this whole world can ever attain. If you are called to lead, invest on being a leader and follow authority with absolute humility. If you are called to sing, invest in yourself and give determined training to your vocal chords. If you are called to design, work on it by broadening your knowledge and skills diligently. If you are called to write, you better be a good reader and enhance your vocabulary. If you are called to be a speaker, set aside time and prepare messages that motivate others by persistently applying it in your own life. If you are called to serve, keenly carry out your services without expectations.
Whatever you are passionate about, don’t just wait for good lucks to come your way. Work your way through to your passion’s excellence when no one is watching, applauding, or appreciating. If we distract our focus on the response of people to our skills, talents, and passion; we will never be satisfied and cheerful. So, if David gave into pleasing the king and his thinking, we would have never known a man after “God’s own heart”. We got to be content with what God has given us and how He made us, else we are going to be miserable our entire life. Each of us has our own goliaths to sling a stone at. You cannot conquer the giants in somebody else’s life. Well, you can be of help by motivating them on not to give up. But, eventually they will have to fight their own battle towards significance.
When Samuel anointed David, and picked him up from among his brothers, he was convinced that God, His Savior was watching over him. He held onto that moment even when his entire household rejected him. Especially, when his brother Eliab told him, “Why have you come down here?” he asked. “So with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart! For you’ve come down here to watch the battle.”
Beloved, you will surely rise to a place of significance among the audience of Heaven. Trusting Him certainly will mantle you with wisdom to pick up some smooth pebbles and carry a sling to throw at your giants, that mock and threaten you. Above all, you will be content in who you are in the eyes of God, and will step out irrespective of cheers and discouragements.
Then David said, “Adonai, who has delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” – 1 Samuel 17: 37