In 2014, I took a trip to Israel and one morning I found myself in the Valley of Elah, where David killed Goliath having what I would call, “a very casual conversation with God.” I scanned the mountainside where it is believed that the armies of Israel gathered opposite of the Philistines and their champion Goliath and I said to the Lord, “Wouldn’t it have been great to be young David?” In that moment in the valley, I could just imagine the cheers from the armies of Israel as that smooth stone struck the center of Goliath’s forehead and down went the giant! The gentle voice of the Holy Spirit brought me back from this vision as He spoke directly to my heart and said, “Jeremiah, killing Goliath was both the best and worst thing that ever happened to David.”
As these words from the Holy Spirit settled upon my heart, I sensed that I needed to open up my bible, right there in the Valley of Elah , and read 1 Samuel 17 again.
As I read the account of David killing Goliath, I could not get past verses 28-31. They read, “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 wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.”
Here was young David with the courage and strength like an older man who had spent all of his days on the battlefield ready to take on this Philistine giant Goliath and his older brother is accusing him of pride, arrogance, and selfish ambition. I began to piece together what the Holy Spirit meant when He said, “Killing Goliath was both the best and worst thing that ever happened to David.”
It became painfully clear to me in that moment that there are thousands of young giant killers in the earth RIGHT NOW that are going to be accused of pride, arrogance, and selfish ambition as they slay the Goliath’s of their day just like David. These labels are going to come from men and women who are insecure, jealous, and fearful just like David’s older brother Eliab was.
Again, I foresee the days of “Young Giant Killers” being labeled arrogant, prideful, and selfish by many older leaders in the body of Christ. These accusations will come from individuals who are insecure, jealous, and are themselves still running from their giants. They refuse to slay the issues of their day and will pay a great price for their compromise.
To take it one step further, David’s older brother Eliab was merely a foreshadowing of the incessant assaults and attacks that would come from King Saul in the years to come. The more young David killed giants and defeated the enemies of Israel, the more he was persecuted and false accusation was spoken against him.
To a generation of young giant killers in the earth, I have this piece of advice for you: Run toward the Goliath’s of your day with all of HIS might and strength, but do not be surprised that in the slaying of them that you will be labeled arrogant, prideful, and selfish. Don’t cast off these accusations from older people, but rather embrace them and allow them to constantly check the motives of your heart. It was ultimately King Saul’s jealousy and insecurity that was God’s chosen instruments to mature and ready young David for the Kingship. It could be the same for you!!!!