God Uses the Underdog

If you’re an underdog, the world may look down on you and think you’re not going to amount to much.

But God knows better. God uses all sorts of people for His plans—if they are willing.

That includes the world’s underdogs. You see, when someone is an underdog in the world’s eyes, that’s when God can really go to work and use that humble, lowly, least individual.

The whole world will know it’s God when the underdog succeeds.

Little David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, was just a shepherd when we first read about him. He wasn’t a king (not yet), and he didn’t come from a rich family. He hung around sheep all day and slept on the ground.

Did anyone think he’d amount to much?

God did. God looked at his heart and knew. And He brought experiences into David’s life to teach him to trust in Him—David knew it was God who’d kept him safe when he had to fight lions and bears after they’d carried off some of the sheep.

God equipped David, the youngest of eight sons, with a faith that brought a giant crumbling to the ground. A giant who made other men quake with fear.

No one would have believed it if they hadn’t seen it with their own eyes. This boy, wearing no armor because he wasn’t used to such a thing, ran to the battle line with a stick, a bag, and a sling.

And stones.

I wonder what those men who trembled at Goliath’s threats thought. Were they shaking their heads, believing they were all doomed? Did they snicker under their breath thinking thoughts like, “This kid is going to get slaughtered.”?

If they said anything, David ignored it. This beastly man named Goliath who was over nine feet tall was threatening God’s people. David wouldn’t hear of it. He pushed through the crowd of soldiers, ran to the battle line, and with determined, fierce, and on-fire faith, silenced the one who was tossing insults and instilling fear.

As underdogs, we need to have that same fiery faith burning strongly within us, so when things come against us to stop us from pursuing the will of God for our lives, we silence it.

Not with stones but with our mouths. With our faith in God.

David ran to the battle line AFTER he boldly proclaimed his faith in God:

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head…and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.’” (1 Samuel 17:45-46 NIV.)

Speak out loud. Proclaim your faith in a faithful God to a listening world. Remember who He is and proclaim it. Shout it. Let your faith roar from the depths of your spirit and declare that on this day, God is your God, and you will not let anyone or anything stop you from following Him.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 NIV.)

Let all who know you as an underdog see the power of God unleashed in and through you.

Not for your glory.

But all for the glory of God so the world that needs Him will know Him.

You don’t need to lower your head in shame, dear underdog, but humbly bow it in the presence of Almighty God—the One who uses the least to display His glory for the world to see.

What an honor.

7 thoughts on “God Uses the Underdog

  1. I agree very strongly with what you are saying,

    however, slingers ( those that threw stones ) were considered very deadly by any opposing army.

    I agree that Jehovah uses those that are insignificant more than those that seem to have everything in their favour. That is because we know we are insignificant so we are easier to work with.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Ropheka. And I agree with you! It was seen as a deadly weapon of war, and “slingers” could hurl with precise accuracy and at high speeds. Something not to be taken lightly. Blessings to you!


  2. Jessica Brodie

    David’s story is SO inspiring to me. And to know he was “imperfect” later on, too, and yet so loved by God is equally as inspiring! Thanks for this, Joey! God loves us in spite of it all.

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    1. Oh, I agree, Jessica! It is SO inspiring. And Amen!! I’m so thankful He loves us even when we mess up. His Word is full of encouragement and inspiration…and power for our walk with Him. Blessings to you, my friend, and thank you for reading!


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