People that hinder us: THE ELIABS -3
Galatians 5: 7 “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
Also remember that David had been anointed as the next king much earlier in 1 Samuel 16.
1Samuel 16:13 “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren…”
Behind the seemingly innocent statement of Elaib was anger, resentment and envy. Eliab was out to hinder or stop David.
How do I recognize an Eliab?
I have seen men act like Eliab towards me and I just smile. Friend, learn to listen to what men did not verbalise. The unspoken can reveal much more about the intention of your Eliabs.
When you hear statements such as:
“Your idea is novel and great but it is too risky or not practicable”
“It is too dangerous”
“I love what you want to do but maybe you should take it easy and wait for some more time”
“That’s great, but you’re too young or too old for it.”
I’ve come to discover that most times the voice of Eliab always sound like an “innocent” caution. If care is not taken other people will corroborate their statement as wisdom and caution or even force you to stop your pursuit.
Eliab said, “…I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart…” (1Samuel 17:28). That’s another indication you’re dealing with an Eliab. They tell you that your dreams are “too big and unrealistic”. They say you’re proud and arrogant.
Another way you can detect an Eliab is by their disposition and body language when you announce your dream. The bible says, “…and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David…” (1Samuel 17:28)
The reaction of a man towards your goals in life will show you their disposition towards it. Eliab saw David talking to the soldiers and he got angry. The message translation says, “He lost his temper”.
Who does that? When you see a man that is angry at your vision, you have just met an Eliab.
To be continued…
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