Let God Handle the Obstacle – Part II
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.”
Anytime we’re ready to do something for God there is always going to be obstacles. Looking at the obstacle or listening to the obstacle rather than looking at and following God is a huge waste of our time. David understood this truth and so did Jesus.
There’s always going to be haters, there is always going to be people who try to derail us and treat us as if we’ve done something wrong because we’re pressing into doing God’s will for our lives, just like Eliab did David.
Often, when we realize someone is talking in a negative way about us or is questioning our character, motives or intention; we get upset and take our attention off God. When we take our attention off God, we put it on what has been said and by whom. When we take our eyes off God, we stop working and walking in obedience to God. This is exactly what the enemy wants!
It’s the same thing that happened to Jesus! The Pharisees plotted to kill him. Judas betrayed him and Peter denied him, but Jesus never took his eyes off his ultimate goal; to fulfill the Father’s will.
When the Pharisees, Sadducees and Sanhedrin got what they wanted, to have Jesus killed, they didn’t realize that his dying was going to move him and us to the next level. The next level as our Savior. The next level as our justification. The next level as our atonement and our path to eternal life.
If you have haters, detractors and people who want to see you fail, it’s okay. You’re in the best possible company. Just do like David and Jesus and keep your eyes on the goal of fulfilling God’s will for your life.
Be blessed on purpose!