“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth,” 1 Samuel 17: 33 NLT.
A Christian life is a very personal walk with God and its parameters and capabilities are determined by the two people in it, you and God. Your strength and limitations are only known by the two of you. This level of intimacy or familiarity is determined by the challenges and lessons that you endure with His hand over you (in secret).
King Saul in above Scripture was concerned that this skinny boy had not been trained in the art of war and was genuinely troubled by his shortcomings. He did not know David’s journey with the Lord. God often allows persecutions and trials to prepare you for the ultimate battle on the horizon. David had already overcome the bear and the lion in secret and the world was not privy to that knowledge. His victories were in secret and his ultimate victory was in public. His public victory wouldn’t have been possible without the private battles.
Matthew 6 emphasises the importance of secret encounters with God and the rewards that follow. The public elevation of people is a result of the private battles they have endured under God’s covering. This is the reason why David was confident while the rest of Israel was concerned. His confidence came from the victorious battles that happened in secret that prepared him for a public revealing.
God often allows persecutions and trials to prepare you for the ultimate battle on the horizon