Give Me A Chance, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

1Samuel 17:1-58, “Then he took his staff in his hand; and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook…”

The bible is interesting in the sense that it could take time and dwell on something, fully describing it. Here is an example, 1Samuel 17:4, “And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath from Gath, whose height was six cubits and spans” through vs. 7 the bible describes nothing but how the giant was dressed for battle. The bible wants us to see something about this man. Just reading how equipped he was, I can see why the Israelites were afraid of him. This is no ordinary sizable man. I wondered why the bible wouldn’t just say he was a giant and a champion. I believe the Lord wants us to know that our enemy is not a wimp as many may think. He is prepared for you and I at any given moment. Goliath was more qualified, trained, prepared, ready, equipped, eloquent, developed, sophisticated, protected, confident, threatening and a fighter, what chance did David have? All the trained men, who have all that it takes to battle could not face the giant. I even wondered why the bible did not even take time to describe how Saul was dressed for the battle. The Lord would have us know that no matter how big, strong and well prepared the enemy might be, our stand is in 1John 4:4, “ye are of God, little children for you have overcome them: because for greater is He that is in you, that he that is in the world”. You might stand at a place looking at the position God called you too and you see how it is prepared with its requirements. What you see may scare you because you don’t see yourself matching it. If you know who you are in Christ and Christ brings you to see what you did not even ask for, that is a sign that He will qualify you to overcome it. I have seen this work in my life, God brought me to something that I wasn’t even qualified, the description showed me how my Goliath was dressed but “God is not a respecter of persons, He is a respecter of principles“. If God brought you to this point, believe that He will take you to that point, Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which has began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”

This is the concept David learnt when the rest could not, and with that in mind he set himself to fight the giant and the first obstacle was his brothers. 1Samuel 17:28, “Now Eliab his older brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David..” Sounds familiar? not everyone is ready for your progress, some may say, “there is no way you can make it”, “there is no way you can have that position”, “there is no way you can change that department”, “you have nothing it takes to make a change, look at us who are more qualified and should do it but we are not because we are unable”. To make the matters even worse, the brother accused him of coming to watch the war, accused him of pride. He was reminded of where he belonged, in the wilderness with the sheep. What would you do if you have believed in God to make it then you have someone in the church, in the home, a friend discourage you? they speak death into you saying, “there is no way you can make it?”. David would have said, “well you are right, I will pack up my stuff and go home”. This was not his attitude, if he went back home, that would mean he couldn’t trust God enough. Already he knew that he did not come to the battle ground to watch yet he was accused of it, he then begins to see that God set him up for something he was not aspiring for. He knew he had a chance to show God so strong among His people.

Ask yourself this question, maybe you were not looking to be somewhere but God graciously brought you to that place. You know your limitations, you have things and people trying to discourage you from doing what is right, something that will bring honor to His name. You have a chance to make a difference, you know who is in you, what will you do about it? Is your desire to have a chance? Blessings Ev

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