From the camp of the Israelites, it was David who decided to accept Goliath’s challenge. Everyone else had been shaken by Goliath’s physique and threats that none dared to even deliberate whether they stood the chance of winning should they accept the challenge. With no option other than David, Saul thought it was a good idea to give his armour so that David will stand the chance of probably exceeding round one of the fight.

Genesis 17:38-40 “ Then Saul clothed David with his armour. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, and David strapped his sword over his armour. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “ I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand and he approached the Philistine.”

The two phrases highlighted are what mainly struck me from these verses. David tried in vain to go because he was in another man’s armour; the chances of you struggling in who you pretend to be is very high compared to being yourself. He didn’t have time to test and practice in Saul’s armour. Had it been Saul accepting the challenge that would have been perfect because that was his armour but for David, he would only have made a fool of himself.

David was wise to take off Saul’s armour because he knew there was no way he was going to win the challenge in another man’s armour. Instead, he chose to go to the battle with what he had and who he was; A shepherd. It was in being himself that God brought victory. When God wants to use you, He wants who you are; He doesn’t require you to be someone else. God will use who you are for His glory not who you pretend to be.

No, I’m not saying don’t improve yourself neither am I saying don’t take tips and advice from others; I’m just beseeching you to be original version of you. Never allow someone’s identity to become yours. Don’t aspire to be Bill Gates, Steve Job, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Michael Jordan, etc… All these people are and were the best version of themselves that is why they are acknowledged and held with prestige.

There are many people whom have taken it upon themselves to look and act like the late Michael Jackson but all their efforts are always in vain and they are soon forgotten because they are not and can never be him. When you hear the name Michael Jackson, your mind naturally brings a picture of the original person, not his impersonators.

It’s not too late to take off the false pretences neither is it too late to do away with the people you have tried to be. Be the best version of yourself, be who God made you to be; He is aware of your flaws. Face life with what He has equipped you with and He will glorify Himself through you so that when your name is mentioned, all people will remember is the original and best version of you.

 

A journey of a thousand miles will forever begin with one step