When we are first introduced to David, he was just but a shepherd boy taking care of his father’s sheep in the bush. He was the errand boy of the family. And as we read last week, he is sent to the battle field to check on his brothers and bring back a report.
On getting there, the son of Jesse is concerned about this giant Goliath guy. He leaves the food supply in the hands of the keeper and runs out to the battle field to find out what’s really going on. He is told about how Goliath is harassing the army of Israel and how the man who will kill him will be rewarded. While he is still talking and asking around perhaps for confirmation, his big brother Eliab shows up and he is angry at him. And this is our focus this week.
I Samuel 17:28 [NKJV] Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
It is interesting how Eliab is distracted and for a moment looks at David as the enemy and forgets who the real enemy is. This is what distraction does to people. “Why did you come down here?” Eliab asks. I mean, dude! I’m here for you. I’m concerned about you, our dad is concerned about you, that’s why I’m here. I mean, is there not a cause? Isn’t my brother being in battle a cause enough for me to be here?
One can literally taste the disdain in Eliab’s voice “And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? Did you know there are Eliab(s) in this walk of life, that no-mater how much you care for them they'll never see it? Eliab's words sound familiar to the ridicule Nehemiah faced when he was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem doesn’t it? [Nehemiah 4:1-3]
These are the Eliabs, the Sanballats and the Tobiahs of this life whose mission is to kill every dream. They don’t have it in them to celebrate you so instead they choose to find ways to break you. David ignored Eliab and went to talk to other men in the army, Nehemiah ignored the ridicule from Sanballat and Tobiah and kept working on the wall.
Naysayers are nothing but a distraction. Someone once said, “you are a tree with fruits, get used to stones being thrown at you”. See, in this journey of life, you cannot keep turning around to chase every dog that barks at you. You have to know that there are people who will never help you, people who will never find anything good to say about you and you have to be okay with that but still settle it in your heart that you are going after your goal regardless because the one who put the desire in your heart is far greater than the ones fighting it.
Let me submit to us that all progress has opposition, and every advancement in life attracts adversaries. There are people who are your enemies simply because you moved to the next level. Listen, everything that’s worth obtaining in this life, has a price. Press on, because
Child of God, Is There Not A Cause?