Today we’re picking up the story as David meets Saul along the edges of the battlefield. David has turned from his peers who have attempted to create doubt, to his king. For me, the story grows even more interesting here. This is someone in a position of authority, and Saul has two responses. We’re only tackling the first one today. Take a listen:
You can’t go and fight this Philistine. You’re too young and inexperienced…1 Samuel 17:33
Wow. Not exactly constructive advice or positive encouragement. Those words are riddled with doubt and negativity…nearly an attack against David.
Ever been there? Entered a contest and gotten poor feedback? Or received a terrible rejection letter from a publisher or agent? Had an editor tell you you’ll never make it in this industry? That’s what’s happening here, and David’s response is priceless:
Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:36-37
David never wobbles in his faith. He knew what God had called him to, and he believed in God’s ability to deliver the victory. It wasn’t even a question to him. And rather than falling prey to the doubt Saul delivered, David recounts the victories he’s had through Christ. Even better? When he’s through with his list of impossibilities God made possible through him, he claims his next victory—killing Goliath—before it’s even happened. That just begs for an AMEN! David’s unwavering faith in God is his greatest weapon.
Now please don’t get me wrong; constructive criticism is good—it helps us grow. But allowing someone to convince you that you’re unable to do what God has called you to, well that’s just unacceptable. When criticism isn’t constructive, I don’t care who it’s from, you need to stomp on its seed before doubt takes root. You need to do what David did…
Begin to recount all the victories God has already placed in your hands, recall his faithfulness in your life, and apply that in faith to the victories he will bring. There is an amazing power in speaking out and remembering God’s faithfulness.
Step into that power today.
Susan Tuttle is a homeschooling mom of three who is crazy about coffee, dark chocolate, and words—both reading and writing them. Combine that love of words with her passion for leading women to a life-changing encounter with Christ, and you’ll find her crafting Inspirational Contemporary Romance stories laced with humor, love, and healing transformations. When not cheering on her Ironman hubby, chasing the family dog, or tackling complex math problems to teach her kids (yes, even the third grader), you can catch Susan at her blog, Steps.