“David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’ Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”’
1 Samuel 17:32-33
Imagine: You have a great new idea. You’re prepared, but this is still unknown territory – it’s still a step of faith. Suddenly, the person you expected to be your biggest cheerleader becomes your biggest critic. What do you do when the shouts of critics seem to drown out the call of God?
When David, a young and inexperienced shepherd boy, stepped up to face Goliath, he encountered more than a few critics. From jealous family members to an uncertain and cowardly King, opposition and doubt came from every direction. How did David respond? He didn’t become angry or defensive. He didn’t argue or justify himself. Instead of getting tangled up in emotion, he focused on God’s call and moved forward in faith.
There will always be opposition when we take a step of faith or run after a new challenge. But the key to remember is this: Don’t let your critics distract you from God’s call. Don’t let yourself get lost in bitterness or resentment. Don’t let envy and jealousy of others keep you stuck. Simply continue to move forward, remembering that when God puts you before a challenge – that challenge becomes God’s. God simply asks that you show up and trust Him – no matter how loudly the critics shout. Move forward in faith and watch with amazement as God helps you overcome “giant” challenges.