What are we focused on? If our eyes aren’t on Christ, what is grabbing our attention?
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2
David was a Shepherd, protecting the sheep from the horrors of the field, incoming dangers, and tending to his flock to ensure their growth. He wasn’t expected to become a warrior, but he worked with excellent trust in the Lord, with confirmed strength and success. He grew relationally with His father in heaven during his day to day activities. Life with God and the hustle and bustle weren’t considered as separate events. God was the center of interest in everything David found himself doing. Training didn’t begin in the time of terror. When he was approached by a Lion, or faced with the dangers of a bear, David was consistently rescued by His God.
We set our minds on things from above because we are beginning to understand God’s qualitative love for us. It is not how much God loves us, it is because His unique love for us cannot and will never be compromised. Nothing can step amid His affectious love for us. He will never change His mind because God cannot deny Himself.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
Dig deep and see the heart of God in every challenge. Allow every obstacle to become an opportunity for growth and a chance for the God of David to receive the Glory He deserves.
For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army. One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket[e] of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along and bring back a report on how they are doing.
David learned to see God…to see His heart through his trust in God. If something other than who we should have our focus on is grabbing our attention, how will our relationship with our savior grow ever deeper? This is a challenge to allow God to become the focal point in our life…in every activity, in every joy, and in every hang-up. This way, when we are called to go, we will not only see the challenges but the opportunities. Without our eyes on Jesus, the enemy will slowly creep in, strutting before us, and instilling fear. False Evidence Appearing Real!
With our focus solely on our Father, and our hearts of worship surrendered at the feet of our Lord, the voice of the enemy will sound a different tune. David arrived at the fight to hear Goliath’s USUAL taunt to the army of Israel. The armed forces where afraid and retreated, but this fight, just like many in our lives, have been going on far longer than necessary and God is calling us to rise, in His strength.
David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?
What the soldiers heard caused them to tremble because their focus was on things of this world. David on the other hand, a son of the living God heard the same words he expressed the heart of God because he was aligned with God. David became victorious by knowing and focusing on God, and the same will be for us. As we turn the affection of our hearts toward the living God, we will be able to hear and see through His heart and not our own. David who was an untrained soldier had every reason to fear. But David, the solider raised in the standard of the Kingdom of Heaven, seen and heard no reason to fear, only an opportunity to bring Glory to the living God.