We all face them. Those big brown hairy ones. They have deep voices and a frightening frown.
Some call them difficult people. I will call them Goliaths. Or perhaps grace builders.
These are folk who are difficult to interact with. They force you to be gracious whether you want to or not. They try every ounce of patience you have.
Can you relate? Do you find yourself facing stubborn people? Rude people? People that get under your skin?
David encountered one of these. He heard Goliath mock Israel. He witnessed the blatant disrespect for his family. For his God.
So how did David respond? Well let’s start with what he didn’t do. David didn’t stuff his emotions and disregard what he saw. He didn’t rationalize whether he had the power to address this difficult person. He didn’t rely on his own strength or prowess.
David sought God’s help.
It’s important to remember not all difficult people need to be addressed and dealt with. Sometimes we need to let people be themselves. But when God’s name is disrespected, then we need to prayerfully think about what He wants us to do.
Do you have a Goliath in your own life? Pray and seek whether God’s reputation is being tarnished by this person. If so, ask God how He’d like you to respond.
If the person is being rude but not disrespecting God, then ask God to give you grace to continue being nice to them. Ask Him to give you strength so you rely on Him and not your own power. He can help. Only He can help.