We have all read that King David was a man after God’s own heart.
But do you ever recall that he was also accused of being a proud and dishonest young man?
It’s true. David was the runt of the family and while his older brother had become a full time soldier watching a giant named Goliath humiliate his fellow soldiers on a daily basis, David, the baby of the family, was left running errands and watching sheep.
David is sent by his dad to take supplies to his brothers on the front line. While there he gets an ear full of Goliath’s taunting and daily struts.
David, looks around and innocently asks, “Who is this guy? Why is he allowed to defy the army of the Living God?”
And then it happened. His older brother, Eliab, no doubt embarrassed by his little brother, pulls David aside and says, “What are you doing here? Don’t you have a few sheep to tend to? You are full of pride and dishonesty. You just wanted to come and see what real men do for a living here on the battlefield.”
Wow! Really? David full of pride and dishonesty? I love David’s response. “I was only asking a question.” David was a man of action and courage. He was notably a man after God’s heart, but at the core, he was a truth seeker
He had learned from Samuel that man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at a man’s thoughts and intentions.
David went on to provide the head of the giant to the king. But before he took Goliath down a notch or two, he made it clear to all who watched the crazy shepherd boy in awe, “I come in the name of the Lord. The Lord will conquer you. It is the Lord’s battle not mine. And when the day is done the whole world will know that there is a God and he does not need weapons to rescue his people.”
David showed his true colors that day. He had been accused of being prideful and dishonest but the Lord knew his heart and his intentions. May we never confuse pride with courage and asking questions with dishonesty. David’s confidence was in the Lord and his questions, while misunderstood, were asked in search of the truth.
We all have Eliab’s in our lives. A “big brother” so to speak. Those closest to us can be jaded and are often our strongest critics as they fail to see God at work in our lives. They tend to look at the outward circumstances and without gaining full counsel and perspective, fail to see God at work. In reality, their perspective is tainted by there own desires for recognition. In the end it is in fact their own pride and dishonesty that hinders their ability to be used by God.