The Fight Before The Fight
When Igor Sikorsky was 12, his parents told him that competent authorities had already proved human flight impossible. He went on to build the first helicopter. In his American plant, he posted this sign:
According to recognized aero-technical tests, the bumblebee cannot fly because of the shape and weight of his body in relation to the total wing area. The bumblebee does not know this, so he goes ahead and flies anyway.
Have you ever had someone tell you that something you are trying to accomplish is impossible? They name a dozen reasons why you won't be able to pull it off. Maybe you don't have the skills, or the tools, or the passion. Maybe you are too small, too young, too prideful or too timid. Isn't it amazing how easily words slow us down in our progress towards the things we know God has called us to. It may be a friend, a family member, someone in leadership or even a stranger but no matter who it is the words seem to form like a wall in front of you and it tries to hinder forward movement.
David faced this type of opposition before he faced Goliath. Here are the words his brother spoke to him when he inquired about fighting the giant.
But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” - 1 Samuel 17:28
David’s own brother opposed him by calling him out in front of everyone. It could have been easy for David to be discouraged but scripture tells us that he continued to inquire about how to get into the fight.
Don't be surprised if some of your greatest opposition comes in the form of a brother or sister. It may be flesh and blood or it may be a spiritual brother and sister but those closest to you may have the hardest time seeing the calling of God on your life. Like Eliab, many brothers have revealed their own insecurities when they see their brother pursuing what God has called them to. Eliab said David just showed up to watch the battle but the truth was there was no battle to watch because Eliab refused to fight and he let Goliath rule the day.
David also encountered opposition from Saul. The King was not so quick to send a boy out to fight Goliath until he heard of David’s accomplishments in the fields fighting a lion and a bear. But even after hearing of those great feats Saul made David try on his armor. But if Saul’s armor was so great why didn't he go out and fight with it? All it did was weigh David down and would have gotten in his way. Don't let people who are avoiding the fight tell you the best way to fight. If they knew the best way to fight they would already be standing in victory. It's almost like an 800 hundred pound man trying to tell me the best way to diet. The proof is in the pudding...which he probably ate.
Everyone loves the story of David and Goliath but few people realize how much opposition David faced before taking on Goliath. Just a reminder that sometimes on your way to fight the giant you may have to overcome opposition from some of those closest to you.
This is a reposting of the original blog written by Dustin Smith, for use in a men's ministry named "Be Fierce Men". The original post can be found on the Be Fierce app. Find out more about that ministry on the Be Fierce website. Posted with consent of the Be Fierce ministry team.
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