There will always be an opposition to your mission, and sometimes that opposition will take the form of someone who seems to have been born to make your life impossible. It might be your boss, or it might be a coworker. It might· be someone you consider a friend. It might even be someone in your family.
David knew about that. You remember David, the one who killed Goliath. But even before that, David had found favor with the Lord, and when God asked him to slay the giant, well, that was the last straw for David’s brother Eliab. Eliab started a whispering campaign to discredit David, to make David’s motives seem suspect, and to break up the good thing David had going on with God.
It happens all the time. Just because you are starting to get right, because you are starting to achieve the goals you want, because you are standing taller, somebody will try to mow you down. Jealousy and envy are next-door neighbors and are always talking over the back fence. Jealous people are resentful of what you’ve accomplished, envious of your success. Frequently they are afraid that they will be the losers if you are a winner. They want to deprive you of what you’ve gained or take away the things you find gratifying and satisfying. They are resentful and malicious, suspicious and bitter.
Such people may start to whisper about you behind your back, causing others to doubt you. Like Eliab, they may spread rumors about your true motives and disrupt relationships that you have built up among friends and colleagues. Jealous people do not “get you.” They don’t understand that you have a plan and a purpose that are not related to them. They may be envious that you have a plan at all. But just as often, they don’t even know why they are out to get you. That doesn’t make them any less destructive to your mission.
Throughout history, jealousy and envy have started wars, broken families and relationships, and halted destinies. Of course the poster child for jealousy and envy in the Bible is Lucifer, and I’m sure you’ve sometimes felt as though you were fighting the devil when someone like that starts to work against you.
The great danger is that your opposition begins to make you doubt yourself That is when your God idea comes to your aid. If you know your purpose and know that it is for the benefit of everyone, then you will not be shaken in your faith. David knew that his intentions were pure, so he ignored his brother. He realized that his brother was speaking from his own problems, not David’s. So David walked away from his brother and went to fight Goliath. He did not leave- his priority pathway, and he accomplished his destiny. Remember, your purpose is the big idea; it is the reason for everything you do. You may have passions for one thing or another, and you may have plans to accomplish one thing or another, but your purpose is the reason that you are here on earth. As long as that is for good, and as long as your passions and plans are in harmony with that purpose, then you know that you cannot be doing wrong.