Yesterday has passed. It’s time to forget it and press on.
In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul tells us to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.
It’s time to step into the plan of God for your life.
Remember David? David was the youngest son of eight boys. He was out tending sheep when Samuel came to his father’s house to anoint one of them as king.
Samuel anointed David to be the King of Israel in the presence of his brothers. From that moment, David was powerfully anointed by God to be king.
But no one knew his name.
It wasn’t until an entire chapter later that David battled Goliath.
But then he ended up living in a cave.
The King of Israel. Living in a cave.
David was in the worst-case scenario. But then look at 1 Samuel 22:2:
All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
He didn’t have a Facebook page. He didn’t have a marketing plan. He didn’t have a billboard next to the cave that said, “Hero Lives Here.”
No. Four hundred men gathered around David because they saw something they needed. They saw the anointing. They saw the victory. And it gave them hope.
David had taken out Goliath, the giant, who had the king and an entire army quaking in fear.
Those men wanted change, and they believed David could help them face their own problems and win. They gathered around David, and the Bible says David became their leader.
It wasn’t a title; there were no fancy office perks, a desk in front of the windows, or retirement programs.
But there was hope. And people will always be drawn to hope.
David changed the environment, and he changed the lives of 400 men—400 men who had lost their identity, dignity, value, and dreams—400 so-called losers—were never the same because of David.
See, your battles aren’t about you.
Sure, they may be personal battles, but they’re really not about you. God has a bigger plan.
Whether you know it or not, your life was designed by God to have an impact on more people than you can imagine. Your life was designed to give hope.
Later, in 1 Chronicles 11 and 29, we see those same 400 men are then called David’s Mighty Men of Valor. In fact, that group of guys—the same guys in the cave—gave what would equate to $20 billion in today’s dollars to build the temple. They went on to build hope themselves.
Just like David, you were designed to affect the lives of other people in major ways.
So, go on. Get busy winning the private battles and then the public ones.
There are lives at stake.