David was the Shepard while his brother’s were the Soldiers. He was born 8th out of 8 children so the odds were not in his favor. You can say he was dealt a bad hand and you wouldn’t be far off. In a culture as that in which David grew up, the first born child was preeminent. There may have been mention of the second and third born child, but the eighth? Forget about it. To add injury to insult, David was not initially called up when Samuel came to anoint a King amongst his father’s son’s. David was not deemed important enough to serve his Country at war. Oh I imagine, David had the smallest ration of food and was not called to the family table when important decisions were made. Through it all, David was faithful in the little he was entrusted with. He faced obstacle upon obstacle, yet he was faithful. David eventually came out ahead by leaps and bound, not just ahead of his brothers but ahead of every one else in Israel. He was the chosen of God, the beloved of God – the King of Israel.
You will come out ahead! The cards that were dealt you may have been bad, treacherous even – but if you faithfully get your work done, you will come out ahead. David said:
What have I done now? Is there not a cause – 1 Samuel 17:29
Surely there is a cause, there is a reason why everything happened the way it happened. There is a reason for your pain and suffering. There is a reason why you had to go through all you had to go through. A reason no one believed in you. If you grind out a complete from a near impossible, you will find yourself ahead sooner or later. If you stay occupied each hour of the working day, yours will be the earth. If you seek first the Kingdom and all of its righteousness, yours will be the Kingdom and better still, you will come out ahead.