1 Samuel 17:32-36
When you think of David, what immediately comes to your mind? Giant Killer, right? For most of us that’s the first thought and rightly so, an amazing triumph was achieved that day. The most amazing thing about the account of David and Goliath to me is the mindset of David on that victorious day. David had some remarkable things happen in his life prior to that day in the valley of Elah against Goliath and the Philistines. On one occasion, David is out in the fields watching the flocks when both a lion and a bear attacked one of the sheep. David slew both the lion and the bear with God’s power. On another occasion, David is out in the fields when someone beckons him back to the house. The prophet Samuel is waiting with his father and David is anointed as the future king of God’s people. Both of these were amazing days for sure, but both of these days could have equally been a hindrance on that day in the valley against Goliath. How so? David could have dwelt upon his past victories (over the lion and bear) to the point that pride entered his heart, this would have caused him to forfeit his shot at Goliath. On the other hand, David could have allowed himself to get lost in his dreams of being the King one day; this would have caused him to miss what God had for him that day. David refused to dwell on yesterday or get lost in tomorrow, rather he purposed to live for God TODAY!
Many young people waste precious time reliving past victories or regretting past failures. Others lose valuable time dreaming and planning feverishly what they’re “gonna do one day”. Young person, I encourage you to purposefully remember your past and learn from both the victories and defeats. I also challenge you to guardedly dream and Biblically plan for your bright and exciting future. In the meantime, follow David’s example, refuse to dwell on yesterday or get lost in tomorrow, rather purpose right now to live for God TODAY!
Author: Jerel Clanney