Just a few weeks ago I sat in a federal building waiting to speak with the lady at the window. I was only the second person in line. Come to think of it, with one ahead of me and no one behind me, can you even call that a line? Regardless, it didn’t keep the woman behind the counter from yelling at the top of her manly gruff voice, “next please!” Not only did the lack of an actual line keep her from yelling in her manly gruff voice, but me sitting only feet away didn’t either.

However, at her zeal to do her job (that’s what I’m calling it), the sternness in her voice brought me to a moment in scripture.

In 1 Samuel 17, it records the story of David (from David and Goliath). Most of the time we rush to the big showdown where little David kills the big Goliath, but verses 26-30 caught my attention. Here they are:

26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.” 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 wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter1 Samuel 17:26-30

I highlighted verse 30 as it brings out my thought for you today. We see David with confidence that he bring the bully beat down, but even the people closest to him had no confidence in him. Not only did David’s brother not have confidence, he burned with anger at David. So David’s response? Just turn and speak to someone else. Next please!

Some of you need a “next please” moment in your life. You’ve heard all the reasons why not. Maybe you’ve messed up before. Maybe you’ve given up hope. We maybe it’s time to turn and talk to someone else. 

Don’t let the naysayers (cool word) in your life bring you down. Stand on God’s Word and walk in the confidence He gives, and start today. Try it. Really. Say it with me…

“Next please!”

Brandon Matthews

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