David and Goliath - Don't You Dare Lay Down And Die

1 Sam 17
28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”29 And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.

Remember David is a visitor to the camp.  He is there to deliver some supplies and gifts.  While he is there, he asks some of the soldiers what is going on?  His oldest brother overhears him and takes his head off for it.  

- Was he embarrassed that he was one of the soldiers that were retreating in fear? 
- Was he afraid that his brother might try something fool hearty and actually face Goliath? 
- Was he jealous that his little brother was being included in his group of friends?  

We don't know.  All we know is, big brother didn't like it at all.  

It is very possible that someone near you, quite possibly a family member, will tell you to just give up in the face of your Goliath.  They will say that you can't beat him.  Just accept the fact that you are going to die, you're going to go bankrupt, you're going to get a divorce, you're kids will never speak to you again, you're career is over, or something like that.  

Do what David did.  Turn away. 

He didn't rebuke his brother.  He didn't embarrass his brother.  He didn't accuse his brother.  He just turned away.

Wasting energy fighting someone who isn't going to support you is a waste of time.  David was sizing up the situation in his mind and heart.  He didn't want to let Goliath get away with this.  But if he listened to his brother, he would have just whimpered away.  Don't you dare whimper and fade into the shadows.  You face Goliath, even in the face of those who will deter you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to face my Goliath today with courage.  AMEN 


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