1 Samuel 17 is the account of David and Goliath. We all know how young David challenged the giant Goliath and God gave him the victory, but there is a pre-story. David had been sent to the battle not to fight, but to merely deliver food. But when he heard the Philistine insulting God, he could not turn away. David’s brother, a soldier, was insulted. “You are nothing but a lowly shepherd. Go home!” he essentially said. David’s brother tried to put him in his place, insulting him with his job status. This did not have the impact the brother was hoping for, because David did not leave. As a matter of fact, David used his job as an example to King Saul.
“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion(AI) or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized(AJ) it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion(AK) and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.37 The Lord who rescued(AL) me from the paw of the lion(AM) and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam. 34-37)
The same thing the devil will use to try to discredit us is the very thing God will use to bring the victory! God does not see as man sees. He uses everything – even our scars and failures – to His glory. It’s all about perspective.