“But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 1 Samuel 17:34-36
What incredible confidence the young 15-year-old David had at this moment. To speak so boldly and matter-of-factly to the king of the nation was unprecedented. Do not be confused; this was not self-confidence mustered from personal strength. It was; however, a proven-confidence vetted by the experiences of the past. For David in his youth had previously pursued and slain bloodthirsty animals like "lions and bears" face-to-face. An impressive resume wouldn't you say. But none of the battles of his past or the ensuing battle with Goliath was done from any form of self-confidence. It was done with a keen eye on the fact that the "uncircumcised Philistine" had "defied the armies of the living God." David was not a man out to battle for his own fame, out of his own self-confidence. But instead, he was a man focused on God and God's glory and was willing to risk it all to battle impossible odds. This is what I call God-focused future-confidence.
DO THIS: Stop being scared and live in future-confidence.
PRAYER: God, help me today to see what I can do through you when I start seeing situations with your perspective. Help me live in future-confidence today by keeping my eyes fixed on you and not my circumstances.