Daily Devotional


Forget The Haters

11th November 2020

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 1-53


“And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.” (1 Samuel 17: 28)

In our Focal Scripture, Eliab’s anger was kindled against David. Eliab was furious to see David in the battle field. Eliab was furious that a mere shepherd boy had the courage to show forth in the midst of an intense battle. Eliab had a problem with the fact that David left the sheep in the wilderness to come and be part of a battle he should stay away from. David would eventually defeat Goliath, but he had haters in the battle field.

Friend, the reality is that there are people who would hate you for daring to come and defeat the same Goliath they have been unable to defeat. There are people who have a problem with your relevance, and they will seek every opportunity to run you down. There are people who know your ‘wilderness’ story, and they will never cease to talk about it when success beckons on you. There are people who have a problem with your courage.

David showed up to do what the entire army could not do, and Eliab who could not defeat Goliath was vocal against the person that would defeat Goliath. When he couldn’t achieve the feat of defeating Goliath, he tried to run down the person who could get the job done. Sometimes, your opposers are simply men who couldn’t get the results that you have come to accomplish. Sometimes, your haters are simply envious.

David did not spend his entire time with Eliab, he pressed on till he defeated Goliath. He was not halted by the mere fact that someone in the battle field did not like his face. At some point, you just might need to pay less or nil attention to your haters. You can’t be busy fulfilling your purpose and still be busy listening to the words of men who are unsettled by your past, present and future achievements. You can’t stop because of an Eliab.

Step out and face your Goliath already. Forget the Eliabs and their evil reports. Forget your haters.


I pay no attention to haters, in Jesus’ name!

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“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” (1 Samuel 2: 3)

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