2 Samuel 21:15-22

15 Now when the Philistines were at war with Israel again, David went down, and his servants with him; and when they fought against the Philistines, David became weary. 16 Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of the [j]giant, the weight of whose spear was [k]three hundred shekels of bronze in weight, [l]had strapped on a new sword, and he [m]intended to kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel.”

18 Now it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck and killed Saph, who was among the descendants of the [n]giant. 19 And there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite [o]killed [p]Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 And there was war at Gath again, where there was a man of great stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the [q]giant. 21 When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck and killed him. 22 These four were born to the [r]giant at Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

With David’s track record in killing giants, he may have been tempted to argue with his men after the close encounter with Ishbi-benob. But because David listened to them, his men were able to take out all all four descendants of the “giant at Gath”.

It can be difficult to let go of certain things, to feel like they won’t get done right if we aren’t doing them. But if you have good people surrounding you, there’s no greater shame than robbing them of the opportunity for greatness.

God himself is a prime example of this, for He could certainly save the whole world at once, and rid us of sin forever. But that isn’t how God works, and it isn’t how He made us to operate either.

God created us as social beings, and we ought to take full advantage of that fact. Don’t lock yourself into doing something just because you feel like no one else will or could do it properly. When God says it’s time to move on, know that He has a plan for you, and He is working to fulfill His plan for someone else too.

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