Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:26-30 (NIV)
Key Verses: 1 Samuel 17:37, 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NIV)
1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV)
37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
The more God rescues us from something in our lives the more our faith in him usually grows and the more we become confident in him believing that no matter what situation we encounter he will bring us through. That’s exactly how King David felt as he was preparing to face off with Goliath. The Lord had already delivered him from a vicious lion and bear so he knew that this Giant had no chance because the Lord was with him. Some how Davids’ confidence in the Lord before his encounter with Goliath to his brother appeared to be arrogance.
1 Samuel 17:26-30
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”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.” 29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.
David was faced with a decision on who he should listen to. He could listen to what the Lord was saying or his brother. David decided to focus on the Lord’s task at hand by not allowing his brother to get in the way of what the Lord had before him. Here’s a couple of questions to be asked about David’s brother that may help us if we ever encounter a situation like this playing the part of David or his brother.
Was David’s brother truly witnessing arrogance from David? Or was David’s brother dealing with his own issues? Was his brother experiencing a lack of confidence in himself and God? Or was David’s brother envious of his strong confidence in the Lord because he never experienced the power of God like David? What would’ve happened if David decided to listen to the comments from his brother? He would’ve probably missed out on an great opportunity to show the power of the Lord. Did David boast? Yes, in the Lord and because of it he was commended.
If someone ever mistake your confidence in the Lord as arrogance trying to discourage you from doing what God has called you to do or cause you to be ashamed of sharing your testimony about God’s greatness in your life. Or if you ever begin to give yourself more credit than God remember this verse.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NIV)
17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Lord, never allow me to become discouraged by others when I show confidence in you and help me to never boast about anything else other than you.