“If you love someone, you will … always believe in him.” 1 Corinthians 13: 7
David a young shepherded boy came to see his brothers who were in battle against the Philistines. David believed in God and I felt so sure that God would help him stand up against Goliath.
Now David’s brother Eliab was upset that this youngster came along, being full of himself he must have thought. Telling everybody that he (David) was going to get this Philistine, and Eliab confronted David saying “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.’
Eliab’s name actually means “God is my Father” so in actual fact I believe Eliab has great authority over the Philistine, he just didn’t believe that it was the case. David on the other had felt he was circumcised and because of the covenant with God, David knew that God would be on David’s side.
This whole episode reminds us of knowing who we are in Christ, we should make it our business to find out what it means to be a true Christian. We should study God’s Word. We could sit around like Eliab and know that we are Christians but not act on it because we struggle with cynicisms, believing that most people are generally selfish and dishonest. The problem with cynics is that once one person’s chimes off the rest will follow suit.
Turning a positive situation quickly into a negative which ends badly, now be careful you don’t become the cynic.
Abba Father, Lord we pray that You will strengthen us as we face a new day, guiding us and teaching us. Most of all Lord God, take our lives and renew our minds to become true Christians. Help us not to sit in the seats with scornful people but to be courageous as David and to stand on Your Word, the Bible. We pray in Jesus Name, Amen.