1Samuel 17:25 “And the men of Israel said Have ye seen this man that is come up surely to defy Israel is he come up and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.”

1Samuel 17:26 “And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

1Samuel 17:27 “And the people answered him after this manner, saying So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.”

In our focal scripture, when Goliath began his rant, everybody ran away except David. The young boy took his time to listen carefully to him and he immediately made up his mind to fight the giant.

However, before sticking out his neck he asked them a strange question, he said, “What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel?” (1Samuel 17:26).

David was ready to fight but he needed some motivation. He asked himself if the battle is worth it or not. Is there enough motivation for me to stick out my neck? That’s what he seems to be saying.

Friend, in the critical battles of life, you must know the battles to fight and the ones to avoid. It is not every battle that rewards and these battles don’t reward equally.

There are battles that are useless and senseless. They’ll just waste your time and resources.

Many people are busy fighting battles that have no reward or low rewards attached to them. What are you doing, stopping and fighting a car that cuts in on you in traffic, for instance?

What will you gain by fighting your friends and well-wishers? What do you intend to gain by fighting your customers?

To be continued…

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