Psalm 1:1

1 Blessed is the one who does not   walk in step with the wicked or stand   in the way that sinners take or sit in   the company of mockers     

Few hours before he destroyed the fearsome giant Goliath, the youthful David heard some dispirited comments that disrespected his capability. Eliab, his oldest brother doubted his intention in 1 Samuel 17:28, 28“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.” It narrated also that King Saul looked down on him in 1 Samuel 1:33, 33You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” And right before he annihilated the fearsome giant Philistine, it was recorded in 1 Samuel 17:43, 43Goliath said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

Can you accept that God planned it that a youthful David defeats a fearsome giant? Doubters had disregarded his capability. But David defeated Goliath because he trusted in the Lord and not in his effort. When other people doubt your ability, they may assume that your effort is no different from others who have similar weaknesses. They may even mock or ridicule you, if they hear that you’ve got higher expectations than what they assume of your limitation.

Disrespect of our ability can be discouraging, but we can learn from David. He did not try to prove his doubters wrong; David trusted the Lord to help him overcome obstacles. The greatness of David progressed even more when he trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly.

Massive obstacles are big-time opportunities for greatness. Pray to be empowered by the Holy Spirit of wisdom and revelation to discern your path of greatness that God had prepared especially for you only.

                 Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith that I will fully trust you.

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