FOCUS: “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)

MEMORY VERSE: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15)

In our Focal Scripture, Eliab accused David of coming to merely see the battle. Notice that David had once slain a lion and a bear while in the bush taking care of his father’s sheep. David may have been brave in the bush, but his capacity was underrated in the battlefield by his own brother. David had more prowess than people knew about. He had more abilities than people could testify about. He was more, but appeared less.

Friend, there is wisdom in being more, yet appearing less. There is wisdom is having more capacity than people can believe you for. There is wisdom in doing more exploits than people are aware of. There is wisdom in attaining more heights than people have heard about. There is wisdom in having more results than people are aware of. There is wisdom in being more than what people imagine about you. It is wise to be more.

David left everyone thinking that all he could do was to take care of sheep; he was silent about his prowess of killing the lion and the bear. There are times when you need not mention your capacity. There are times when the announcement your capacity needs, is opportunity. There are times when you just might need to stop talking about all you can do and start praying for God to send you opportunities to manifest your potentials.

Eliab underestimated David, but when David finally slew Goliath, there was no further mention of Eliab in Scripture. David got an opportunity to show what stuff he was made of, and Eliab was silenced forever. If you focus on using the opportunities that manifest your potentials, your results will silence your haters and naysayers. If you focus on delivering on your assignment, even your haters would see how wrong they have been.

It is better for men to underestimate you and later get blown away by your greatness, than for you to be overestimated and you end up disappointing those who believed in you too quickly.



  • I choose to be more, yet appear less, in Jesus’ name!
Categories: Devotionals

Daily Devotional by Jerry Eze