Friday, January 23, 2009

Opinions..., Everybody has One

Opinions - everybody has one. Some when shared add value and insight to a given situation. Others can just add to the drama of an already discouraging moment. What is it that makes the difference?

David was a young shepherd boy out tending his fathers sheep in the hills surrounding Bethlehem. His father called for him to take some food to his three older brothers who were off to war with the Philistines. David left his flock with another shepherd and off he went with the grain, bread and cheese.

As he arrives at the battlefield, David hears the battle cry as the army is taking up its position for war. Goliath the Philistine champion is taunting the Israelites, defying them to take him on in a fight to the death. Winner takes all. David begins to ask around among Israels fighting warriors, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" David's older brother Eliab over hears his conversation and it is now "game on"!

28 "When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle." (1 Samuel 17)

I don't know if any of you are the older sibling in your family..., but being the baby I certainly have been on the receiving end of a beat down just like this a time or two. Eliab wasted no time in sharing his opinion of his brother with the other soldiers. To him, David was shirking his responsibilities at home, meddling in his brothers business, conceited, wicked and only there to be nosey and see what was going on. Eliab's opinion of his little brother David had been made perfectly clear.

Are you listening to an Eliab today? Are you allowing someone to make you feel like you are, stupid, ugly, unworthy, not loved or _________ (you fill in the blank). Let me encourage you today to take God's Word over the opinions of others. What does the Bible say?
  • "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
  • "...Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
  • "But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children" Psalm 103:17
  • But the woman who loves God is known by God. 1 Corinthians 8:3

God knows us! He loves us! He created us just like we are and He calls us wonderful!

Like David, we must take God's Word over the opinions of others. David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." He went out and killed that giant with one smooth stone and a sling.

Do not lose heart! Remember who you are and whose you are! You are a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this encouraging message. When this takes place sometimes I react with 'where's my slingshot' and other times its(to borrow a line from one of your earlier posts) 'Calgon, take me away!!'
When I need to sit quietly and be strengthened by God's word!

Valerie said...

Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. I admire your goals for 2009! You are right, this year is new and I long to become better during this year, and as many years as God gives me. Thanks again, Lisa! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and offering words of encouragement. I so appreciate it! You should come join Spiritual Sundays at

Welcome to the blogging world!

Nana 2 four said...

You write with such passion, Lisa. I love this. You need to write a study! I am going to print this one out. I think this is one I need to keep on hand.

You are precious,

Deanna said...

Hi Lisa! So glad to meet you ! I am absolutely in love with the picture you have for your header!!! gorgeous! I love God's creation/nature!

Thanks so much for visiting me at my blog! I look forward to getting to know you better!
Hope to see you more often as well :O)

I love your post here.

((umm... I will let you in on a little secret.. I am the oldest child in my family. ,, lol.)

back to serious: I never grow tired of reading the scripture that you have listed here.

have a wonderful and blessed day!
In Him, Deanna

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your message. There is a comfort in knowing we only have to please God, not anyone else! Thank you for your comment on my blog. It is so reassuring to hear that God is taking care of you too! Bless you! Jenny

Mary Moss said...

This is a great post. Your words of wisdom really ministered to me this morning.