Before David showed up to be anointed by Prophet Samuel, seven sons of his father had appeared before Samuel. So David had people who arrived before him, but he was preferred ahead of them. They had the advantage of coming earlier than David, David was not the first afterall, but he was preferred over and above them. They came before him but they didn’t do better than him; they came before him but he was preferred.
Friend, hear me as I hear the Lord: you will be preferred. You will be preferred ahead of those who came before you; you will be preferred ahead of those who are more connected than you; you will be preferred ahead of those who have advantages ahead of you; you will be preferred ahead of those whose qualifications may be above yours; you will be preferred ahead of those who are using their advantage to get ahead of you.
The mere fact that they came before you does not mean that they will do better than you; the mere fact that they have advantages ahead of you does not mean that their end result will be better than yours; you may have come late, but you are not a latecomer in destiny; you may be running late, but you will not end up among those who never eventually made it; you may be late already, but that doesn’t give anyone your place.
The reality is that you will always have people who started before you; you will always have those who began their journey before you; you will always have people who will arrive at your opportunity before you; but just as God did it for David, you may be late but you will be preferred; you will be preferred for higher honours and greater levels; you will be preferred for great accomplishments; you will simply be preferred.
Your relevance will not be because you started early; your relevance is guaranteed. As surely as the Lord lives, you will be preferred.