Dealing With Your Critics

Today’s post comes from chapter five of Slaying Goliath. I believe that right now, all around the globe, the Holy Spirit is calling out a generation of giant slayers. Men and women who know that God created them for a purpose, entrusted them with a gift and called them to make a difference in this world.

Oftentimes, when we digest the story of David and Goliath we make Goliath out to be an analogy for personal struggles. I believe that this is belittling to the true context and meaning of the story. Goliath was not a personal problem to David and I expound on that more in my book. Goliath was a well-trained warrior, seasoned in the art of killing, that showed up deep in Israel’s territory with a whole army that was a genuine threat to the future of Israel.

If Goliath is symbolic of anything, he is symbolic of everything that embeds itself in our hearts, lives, families, churches, and communities and tries to tear us and our loved ones away from God’s will for our lives. David made it personal because of his heart for God and his heart for his people. And that’s what giant slayers do. We see those things that stand on the other side of the valley of blood and threaten to tear the people, families, and communities we love away from God’s will for them; and we make it personal. We get our sling and stone and we go where others aren’t willing to go, to face challenges others are too scared to face because it glorifies God and helps our people.

We don’t have it in us to be like everyone else. To sit around scared and wondering what’s going to happen. We can’t help but make it personal and want to do something about the Goliaths encroaching on our promised land. I believe that right now, all over the globe, the Holy Spirit is calling out a generation of people like that. He’s moving in our hearts to cause us to care about the things He cares about and how they’re affecting His people.

But there’s a major hurdle most of us have to overcome before we’ll heed His call and charge the giants He is calling us to slay. That is the fear of what others will say about us. Or the concern for what they are already saying. In Slaying Goliath I talk about how the criticism of his own brother was the first thing David had to get past and how our critics are often the thing that prevents us from ever stepping foot on the battlefield.

Why are we so concerned with what other people think or will think about us? Why does their criticism bother us so much to the point of crippling us? What does it matter what we they think? David didn’t listen to his critics and after Goliath fell the same people who thought he was crazy called him a national hero, wrote songs about him and were willing to follow him anywhere. Stop listening to your critics. Love them and keep it moving because God is calling you to inspire them, not be crippled by them. Stop letting your critics keep you from your calling.

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