Beware of fear, jealousy and pride that will cause you to be angry at the wrong people. From the story of David and Goliath, David became angry at the oversized, arrogant giant for making a mockery of Israel’s army. But when he spoke to the soldiers asking who was the uncircumcised Philistine making threats in the valley, his own brother, Eliab, became angry with him.
“Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” I Samuel 17:28
Instead of Eliab being angry with the enemy, he was angry with the one who would deliver him from the enemy. Eliab was angry with the wrong person. He could have been angry with himself for not rising up again Goliath, but in his own fear, he spoke, and from a jealous heart he mocked and belittled David.
You should know the world we live in is full of people like Eliab, unwilling to take action, but upset when others decide to. The Eliabs of the world feel big and powerful when they talk down to others. The Eliabs of the world attack those who should be on the same side and should have the same goal in mind. The Eliabs of the world are confused and jealous. They live with fear in their hearts so they come against even those in their own family. You very well may know an Eliab, but just like David didn’t let his older brother stop him, make sure no one stops you from your mission in life. In response to Eliab, David said, “Is there not a cause?” No matter what is said about you and no matter how small some may want you to feel, keeping pressing on!