As small David stood in front of Goliath and stared at him eye ball to eye ball, something must have baffled Goliath about this boy. Not the size of David or the ‘catapult’ he was holding. Not even the stones in his hand. What must have struck Goliath was the audacity, the sheer bravery and ridiculous confidence small David had in defeating him. How can he be so confident? How?
My time as a teenager comes to mind as I pen this article. I was this ‘confident’ 12 years old in JSS2 who never got in trouble but right in front of me during lesson was this Junior with the effrontery to challenge me. He was younger, he was shorter, he was my junior but he challenged me to a fight and in less than 20 seconds, the fight was over. I was beaten and became a laughing stock in school for a whole term.
Looking back now, I didn’t lose that fight because he was stronger, I was stronger. I didn’t lose that fight because he was older, he was younger than I was. I didn’t lose that fight because he was taller, I was far taller. I lost that fight even before it started because I didn’t believe in myself. I was jittery. I was not confident. I was timid.
The question that begs to answer is what made me lose that fight? Simple: the sheer confidence he had. He looked me in the face and said he will beat me. Ahhhhhhhh. His confidence almost made me shit my pants. I wanted to back out of the fight but with everyone in school gathered around to watch, I had no choice but to go ahead and lost woefully.
David and Ahmed (let’s call that Junior Ahmed) had two things in common. Confidence. David had confidence in God called faith while Ahmed had confidence in his ability called self-belief and both could be likened to a sword and a shield.
Remember the Bible makes us understand in Ephesians 6:16-17 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which ye will be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the wicked and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
Believing in yourself through the word of God is the sword while faith in God is the shield.
Whenever you are faced with dire situations, confronted by circumstances, challenged with joblessness, harassed by sickness, bothered by marital delay, attached by unseen forces, troubled by the enemies, worried about academic stagnation, assaulted by life’s challenges, burdened by unpaid bills or exasperated by life’s challenges. Don’t cry. Don’t sulk. Don’t wail. Don’t cower in fear. Don’t long for people’s pity. Don’t beg, dammit.
Grab your sword (self-belief) and shield (faith in God) and attack.
Never ever let go of those vital weapons in your daily life.
Victory is yours…..