Sermon Recap: Face your Giants Week 4

Text: 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 wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

There is nothing better than having God’s favor on your side. It’s a promise that we were not meant to lose. Even death cannot hold back a true believer in Christ!

However, there will always be obstacles in our way to fulfilling God’s destiny. Sometimes these obstacles will take form in opposition from those who are closest to us, both within our homes and in our spiritual families. In the case of David, his brother Eliab tried to judge him and his motives for being around the place of battle.

Notice that Eliab wasn’t volunteering to fight the giant. He wasn’t preparing his sword for battle. He was just like the rest, hearing Goliath mock the Israelite army yet taking no distinctive action to end the conflict.

Please remember, in the vast majority of cases, the criticism that we receive come from people who are not entering into the fray. They are not preparing the Sunday messages. They are not praying for their churches or asking God to bless his people. They are not entering into the spiritual warfare that they are called to enter. Their sole purpose is to discourage others to be the same as they are.

Imagine, had David let Eliab’s criticism stop him, he would have lowered himself to the mundane. No one would have sung about his victories. And no one would be calling him “King” in the future. David would have been just another anonymous young kid witnessing a battle between two armies.

In short, had David allowed Eliab’s criticism to get to him, he would have never fulfilled God’s divine appointment for his life!

As followers of Christ, understand that you have a divine appointment. God has things prepared for you that you cannot even imagine! (see 1 Corinthians 2:9; Jeremiah 29:11). Don’t let the backward opinions of people stop you from being all that you can be in life. In order for you to fulfill your destiny, you have to place more weight in the opinion of God than on the opinions of men.