22106 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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1 Samuel 17: 28 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.”
Siblings often do not appreciate the strengths of one another, but are often quick to point out what they perceive as flaws. Sometimes it seems that way in the workplace, or in organizations as well. Perhaps the problem is deeper than we might think. Are we seeing our own flaws reflected back to us? Are we perhaps sensing some personal inadequacy in the face of one such as David? The youngest are often dismissed as something less than valid, less significant. Perhaps David’s relationship with God was the true bone of contention in their relationship.
Some of us may have just experienced a gathering of the clan and feel as though we’ve been through the ringer of criticism, doubt, anger, frustration, and any other negative sort of emotion you can think of. While I acknowledge the joy of family gatherings I know many people for whom the idea is anathema to their well-being.
The lesson from David is this; Do not be diverted from the plan God has laid out for you. In this instance David was affronted for God’s sake. He knew what he could do in God’s strength and went ahead and did it without regard for his sibling naysayers.