21. Go attack the Philistines and save Keilah (1 Samuel 23:2).
God’s directive to David seems odd since David is not king and not technically responsible for protecting Israel’s cities. But God wants to create something in David so He directs him to do what is right, even when it isn’t his responsibility. David’s men are afraid and likely don’t understand his sense of responsibility, but God’s plan is clear. So David attacks the Philistines and saves a people that are otherwise never mentioned in the biblical account. What David does for these unknowns is critical to God’s plan for him and for Israel.
Sometimes in our effort to take intentional steps toward our goals, we don’t understand the situation that is immediately in front of us. It doesn’t fit today’s schedule or doesn’t feel like our responsibility. But often the moment is a part of a different plan–God’s plan for us. The Bible makes it clear that God has a plan for each of our lives, and His plans aren’t made from the limited view of short-term goals. There is a much bigger picture that stretches far into the future. Part of finding that plan is embracing the sometimes unusual and disconnected opportunities that arise. God may well be weaving something that will only make sense from a future vantage point.