In our society today, most a time, greatness in life is tied to our background. For that reason, some were born with golden spoons, some with silver spoons in their mouth while some were born with no spoons at all.
In other words, some people, their background are faulty and nothing to write home about, yet they scaled through in life to buy golden spoons for themselves and their children and generations yet unborn.
Obviously, there are some people who are celebrated today in this life, yet looking at their backgrounds; there is nothing to write home about them while some other people are woeful failures having left their lives to fate, accepting whatever fate throws at them.
Such people who are failures, they blame others especially their parents, our societies, or their lack of education/capital, in fact they blame even themselves for the reasons for their failures in life.
That goes to confirm the saying that “life is not fair because it does not offer to us what we deserve but only what we demand”. The question therefore is whether we have any justifiable reasons or not why we should be failures in life because of our faulty or wrong background?
Of course not, whatever reasons we may have, there are some who came from background worse than ours, yet they ended up to be great in life despite their faulty or wrong background.
In this first segment, we shall be looking at and as well as learning from some bible characters, men that ended up to be great in life despite that they came from faulty or wrong backgrounds/foundations.
The first of such character is David who later rose to become the greatest king in Israel. At times, when we read some sweet stories and the exploits of David, but we fail to consider his background or foundation.
Yes, you are a bible student; please can you tell us the name of David’s mother? Bible scholars have it that David was born out of wedlock? That is to say, the birth of David was a result of an illicit affair Jesse had with one woman.
Jesse, the father of David was not legally married to David’s mother. That calls for the reason David was used as a house boy in Jesse’s household. The youngest in a family is always pampered but David was used as an errand boy and was sent to the bush to look after his father’s cattle while his older brothers were at home.
Please let confirm this by looking at what happened in 1 Samuel 16. A look at what happened in 1 Samuel 16:5 when Samuel appeared in Jesse’s household, he asked Jesse to Sanctify themselves, and come with him to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
Also, as we can see, in the book of 1 Samuel 16:10 – 11, “Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.”
Jesse would not have remembered that David was part of his sons if not that Samuel in verse 11, And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” From what happened in the above verses, David was not among his sons he presented before Samuel.
What we can make out of what happened in 1 Samuel 16 is that the choice of David is of God and not man. Irrespective of the circumstances of our birth, even if men did not consider us or remember us, if God chooses us, He will make us great in life.
The second Bible character similar to David is Jephthah as we can see in Judges 11:1-3 “Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.
Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.”
Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him.
In Judges 12:3, Jephthah actually explained what he did to the elders of Israel, “And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?
In summary, what the above stories translate to is a proof that irrespective of our wrong or faulty foundations/backgrounds, we can still make it in life or be great in life if we put our life in the hands of God and break off from our faulty backgrounds.