In The BattleField: The Story of David
I’m certain you know how it feels when you are in a contest and when you look at people’s faces you see doubt and unbelief. It’s like they are trying to ask you: “are you really supposed to be here?” When people do not recognize your abilities and God-given strengths makes us feel as if we have no purpose in life. It even rips off our self-esteem.
For example you are in a singing competition and your fellow contestants ask you whether you can really sing and what really brought you into the competition. It must be really heartbreaking. Honestly, I would feel the same too. I would rather prefer taking the chance to sing and then realizing that I didn’t make it than not to try at all. Life is all about taking chances and giving it a try which then leads to self-discovery. Once someone stops you, then it will be impossible for you to realize what you can do.
The small boy David wasn’t an exception. In the battlefield, in the midst of strong and mighty soldiers, he was humiliated by his own brother, Eliab. According to Eliab, David was supposed to be tending his father’s sheep.
1 Samuel 17:28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
David didn’t retreat or even change his mind. He chose to face Goliath, the Philistine giant. He didn’t put on any armor but with a stone and a sling is all he had. Interesting!
What do you learn? That you do not need the armor for you to step into the battlefield; all it takes is what you’ve hidden in your heart. When God stands with you, all you need is what is in your hand. Do not despise it. Even when thousands of voices put you off and you can’t help but flutter in fear, God is all you need. You are in the battlefield for a reason; just like David. You have a position in the fight and you have to soldier on. Don’t doubt your potential. You were created to conquer!
1 Samuel 17:37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”