"Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you."
Have you ever felt like there was more to you than what others perceived? You ever felt limited by or trapped in your current circumstance of life? Perhaps there's a reason. Perhaps because there is more…
Remember David? He was introduced to us as a shepherd boy, the youngest to his warrior brothers. There was nothing about him in the natural that screamed “warrior!” He tended sheep and ran errands as expected by his family. Well, during one such errand run, his father called him out to tend to his brothers, engaged in battle against the Philistines and the infamous giant, Goliath.
As David approached the soldiers with the goods his father had sent, he saw fearful and battle-weary men who met him with the question, "Have you seen the giant?" Apparently, Goliath had been taunting the Israelites and speaking reproachfully about their God for quite some time. When David's older brothers learned of this interaction with the soldiers, they became angry, accusing David of being nosy, bothersome and neglecting his duties as- their natural view of David dictated, a mere-shepherd boy. Little did they know and perceive that God had sent a deliverer.
When David heard what Goliath had been doing and observed the fear, revealed by the soldier’s words, he was activated by a righteous indignation! His indignation reflected what he knew about who the Israelites were: God's covenant people. God’s covenant included power and protection that these soldiers had not yet perceived. As if offended by the audacity of Goliath, David boldly and confidently asked the soldiers (verse 26 NLT):
"Who is this pagan...that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?"
What was it about David that caused him to hear and perceive differently? His question suggested that the Israelites had the authority to handle this situation.
What we learn is that David had witnessed God work through him to annihilate his enemies during his private, everyday life. He was certain that the same thing would happen in this public arena, because he had learned who he was in God.
From a shepherd boy in the natural to a Giant Killer when ignited by the power of God in his spirit--David would not allow anyone to limit or confine him to their perceptions, for his true identity was linked to the King and His Kingdom.
This begs the question, who are you really? What have you learned about yourself privately when God ignites a passion in your spirit by His presence? I submit my friend, that is the real you! God is yet raising up deliverers!
Embrace it! Live it! Be it!
canceler of darkness