Today at church I heard an excellent message regarding knowing and following the call God has placed on your life and walking that call out in the “power or anointing” of the Holy Spirit. Regarding this I want to use this story below, which was also used in the sermon, to illustrate my points here.
One day young David went to inquire about the battle that Israel was facing with the Philistines. And when David approached his older brothers who were to be fighting, to ask them how the battle was going, they accused him of “meddling” where he does not belong. Saying that he needs to be caring for the sheep and not interfering with “big boy” stuff! “And David said to the men [the others] who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” … Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” … When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine” (1 Sam. 17:26-32, emphasis mine).
You see, David’s inquiry was innocent. But his inquiry threatened his older brothers. Why? Because they were the “older, wiser, and stronger” brothers who were to fight the enemies of God. And David was the “youngest, not so wise, and weakest” who was not ready yet according to man’s standard. And if they were scared and fearful of Goliath then David better be shaking in his boots! They are correct. David, being the smallest, and least, should be afraid. So why did his brothers respond the way they did to David? Because David did not respond to Goliaths threats the same way they were responding, with fear. And this caused the brothers to respond in pride, attacking his character with false accusations. What was viewed as self-confident pride from David, in truth, was nothing more than David’s confidence not in himself, but in the LORD! And as we know, David, who had daily, naturally, automatically, already been consistently relying on God’s strength and power for everything else in his life, allowed God to use him to put His [the LORD’S] glory on display before all Israel and before their enemies.
Have you experienced this before? Where people, even other Christian’s, have said things or “not said things” but it is clear in how they respond, that they think you think way too highly of yourself? When in truth, they have it backwards! It is because you never rely on yourself, and you are simply acting in accordance with the confidence which you have found in God’s “anointing or power” in your life to defeat your enemies and really to do everything that you normally do every day? But because they do not truly know you, they do not know this and therefore, it is seen as personal pride and self-confidence?
I have found myself questioning myself many times because I listened to others, who I believed were “hearing from God” because I assumed they lived their life the same way I did, dependent on God for everything. However, I found out the hard way, that that is not the case most of the time. Finally, I stopped questioning “God’s voice” in my life. And I have been blessed in doing so! (As long as I knew and obeyed His Word). I must put a disclaimer here. Because there are MANY who believe they hear “God’s voice”, but they know neither His heart nor His Word. They know experience and emotion only, sadly. Then they end up hurting others, usually. So, if you know the LORD and know His Word and are “following” Him, then IGNORE the accusers!
So, be encouraged today, if you are the “least, and weakest” in your own strength. If you have discovered, it is foolish to rely on “your own wisdom”? Then rejoice! Because under God’s power and anointing that is of great wealth! As Paul stated, “His power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore, if you have surrendered to the will of the LORD. If you are just willing to go where, and to whom He sends you. If you have said, “here am I, send me.” Then He will. And you will be blessed!