When people don’t believe in you, you always have the power to believe in yourself. Just because people don’t believe in you, never let them discourage you from what you are supposed to being doing. Whatever it is that you are trying to do was put in you and NOT put in them and that is for a reason.
If you want to know what to do when people don’t believe in You, I want to look at the story of David. We all know David from the Bible right? There have been so many statues built about him from all the classic artists (not sure why he is always naked though, but okay). We all know David as a man who was after God’s own heart and the slayer of Goliath.
But that is the point isn’t it? We remember David. We don’t remember his family, his friends, or his brothers. We remember him and do you think that David was worried about people who did not believe in him? NO!
The first time that we see David being overlooked is in 1 Samuel 16:7-11
Samuel came to anoint a new king and saw all of David’s brothers sitting there before him. They were all strong and nice looking and surely, the Lord has chosen them to be king.
“But the Lord told Samuel, ‘Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7
The first lesson that we see here is it does no matter what people think about you nor does it matter if people do not support you. If God has called, you out for a certain plan or purpose than His opinion is the only one that matters.
After going through all of Jesse’s sons (David’s brother), none of them were chosen to be king
“Then Jesse had Shammah come to Samuel. ‘The Lord has not chosen this one either,’ Samuel said. So Jesse brought seven more of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these. Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There’s still the youngest one,” Jesse answered. “He’s tending the sheep.’”
Talking about no one supporting David. They thought so little of him that they did not even invite him in with everyone else in the family to be considered as king. They were like “oh yeah that guy he is out there with some sheep, who cares.”
But take note,
It does not matter if no one supported you, if they discounted you, or if they did not invite you. God will make a way for you to get what is owed to you, despite what other people think about you.
So one may think that once David was anointed as king, from this moment on everyone would like him and be supportive of him. No. Not at all.
When they were at war David was ready to go into battle and do some damage. One may think that since David was anointed by God, that people who be ready to back him up. But that was not the case. Instead, David was left standing there being mocked once again and by his brother no less.
“David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’” 1 Samuel 16:26
“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, ‘Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”’ 1 Samuel 16:28
And the mockery does not stop there, next we have Saul.
“Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’” 1 Samuel 16:33
But like in true form when there are people who don’t support you and you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are capable of doing something great. Do not cower when people give you unkind words or want to make fun of you for what you are trying to do.
Instead, look them dead in their eye and remain unbothered. That is what David said
“But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’” 1 Samuel 16:34-37
David did not say, “okay you are right, let me give up and do nothing.” If he had done that he would have changed the course of history. Goliath may have never gotten slayed and we may not even know who David was.
Instead, he stood firm. He basically put all of his doubters on notice letting them know that they did not have not believe in him, he had God on his side, and not only would he slay Goliath but all that time when he was out there tended to the sheep he was also getting closer to God.
David’s brothers were not out there tending the sheep. David’s brothers were not out there in the wilderness allowing God to protect them from unseen dangers. David’s brothers did not know what David was capable of. But David knew. And his mentality was that he could show them better than he could tell them and so he went out and slayed Goliath.
You see if people don’t believe in you then let that be their problem not your problem. And even once David slayed Goliath he was meant with jealousy and persecution. Even though it may seem hard, think of yourself and being more worthy for a bigger purpose than people cannot even phantom what God has in store for you and that is why they don’t support you.
But who cares what other people think. It is your life and you have to live it according to your truth. Would you rather be remembered as a David or as David’s brother that no one can really remember his name and someone no one really cares about?