Let God Handle the Obstacle – Part I
I Samuel 17:28 -32 (NIV)
“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.” Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
So often in our lives we want to do what God has told us to do but we run into obstacles. This is not a new phenomenon, in the passage of scripture referenced above David ran into an obstacle before he was able to confront Goliath.
David was willing to fight the giant Goliath on behalf of God and the children of Israel. David was willing to fight, not to make his name great but, to take reproach off the name of God and his chosen people. The obstacle David has to overcome was his oldest brother Eliab.
There were couple of reasons why Eliab may have been upset with David:
1. Eliab had been turned down by God to replace Saul as King of Israel (I Samuel 16:6 – 7)
2. Eliab was with Saul’s army every day and saw Goliath come down twice a day for 40 days to defy the army of Israel and every time, the men of Israel saw Goliath, they ran from him in fear. So now, here comes Eliab’s little brother about to all the soldiers, including Eliab, as being cowards (I Samuel 17:8 – 11 and 20 – 24).
You have the youngest son of a prominent family willing to do what the eldest son of the same family was not willing to do: fight the giant. In other words, David was going to make Eliab look like a coward because David was willing to do something that Eliab was not.
God does not use us based on our age, education nor looks. God chooses to use us based on what he’s put in us and prepared us to do.
When God calls upon you to move forward, ignore the obstacles, they are just distractions. Let God handle with the obstacles.
Be blessed on purpose!