Before David was able to face and defeat the giant, Goliath, he had to overcome the naysayers in his life. What is a naysayer? A naysayer is loosely defined as, “a person who habitually expresses negative views.” A naysayer always sees things as negative. They will forever see your goals as unachievable. So today, I want to highlight three naysayers you will have to overcome on your road to victory.
- Family and Friends can serve as naysayers in your life. I discovered a long time ago that naysayers are not always mean people. Sometimes there are good people who really want to see you succeed in life. Their motivation for being negative is not to hinder you, but to help you. Family members and close friends can’t always see or understand what God has placed in your heart, so their actions are often an attempt to protect you from hurt and humiliation. David’s father Jesse is a good example of a parent not seeing his child’s full potential. 1 Samuel 16:10- 12 states, “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, The Lord has not chosen these. (11)So he asked Jesse, are these all the sons you have? There is still the youngest, Jesse answered, but he is tending the sheep. Samuel said, send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives….Then the Lord said, rise and anoint David; he is the one.” Never allow family members lack of faith deter you from the things God has placed in your heart!
- Fear can serve as a naysayers in your life. Goliath’s boisterous threats had Israel’s entire army paralyzed with fear. Everyone, including King Saul, was shaking in their boots. 1 Samuel 17:24 says, “When the Israelites saw Goliath, they all ran from him in great fear.” David had a choice, he could succumb in fear or he could believe God. Rather than allow the fear of those around him to influence his decision, David chose to stand on the promises of God.
- False Accusations can serve as naysayers in your life. David’s own brother wrongly judged his motives. In 1 Samuel 17:28, “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 desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” I’m so glad David didn’t allow false accusations to stop him from reaching his full potential and neither should you! Whenever you strive for something more in life, people will always criticize you. Don’t let their false accusation prevent you from reaching your God given goals in life.
Yes, there will be naysayers in life. There will be always be people who say your goals cannot be achieved. Prove them wrong! Don’t you dare allow family, friends, fear, or false accusations to stop you from reaching your God given potential. I leave you with the words found in 1 Samuel 17:50, “So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”