1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV)
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.
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
Any Christian who has stepped out of our comfort area to attempt some work for God have felt two things:
- Little, like we are not equipped for the task
- Humiliated, attacked and put down by someone else, very often a brother or sister in Christ
When my wife and I were very new in the faith we had some Christians friends my wife had met through her work as a public school teacher. As we grew in our excitement for Christ we were led of the Lord that Anita should resign her job and volunteer to teach at the Christian school our pastor wanted to start. Anita’s Christian friend, whom we expected to be supportive, was the opposite. It was disheartening but we persisted.
David demonstrates to us here how to deal with those sorts of attacks:
He said he was blameless
He may have evaluated his motives a moment to be sure, but he declared he was without blame.
He focused on his purpose
Which was just and right. Attacks are often intended to pull us away from God’s purpose for our life.
He went about his business
There were others to talk to. He did not let those who spoke badly of him prevent him from speaking highly of the cause.
When attacked in the work of God:
- Evaluate and learn
- Fix your mind on God’s will and
- Keep moving forward
To my reader:
How have you handled discouragements in the past? Does David’s action give you some insight to your own discouragement? Leave a reply below. I would love to hear from you.
1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV) How To Handle Discouraging Words
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