Before David faced the giant, he faced critisism from his own flesh and blood, his brother. To his brother who lacked the personal relationship that David developed while tending “..those few sheep”, Davids confidence appeared to be arrogance to him. David was not phased by the taunt of his brother and continued to let the Lord identify him. Confidence unfortunately looks like arrogance to those who place their faith in their effort and works.
So often we get into this mentality in which, if we are not at a mountaintop moment in our walk, we shut up and back down. We walk away from a fight, especially such a seemingly impossible task as raising up dead people to stand as the army of God. But when we are at the lowest, when we are in the valley of the shadow of death, God demands that we prophesy, that we see that even in the hopeless place, the Word of God prevails. And as we begin to speak it, every circumstance, no matter how dead it seems, will bend to meet the dream of God and stand to serve Him.
Mattie Montgomery (via -witheverything)
dude, relevant much. holy conviction.
listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
24 Put away perversity from your mouth;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.