Keeping The Right Priorities

Pastor Craig Moore   10/29/2014

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

Priorities are extremely important.  But if you truly want to keep Godly priorities, it will not be easy.  But it will be rewarded.  The Bible takes the time to tell not just a story, but a very detailed description of the life David. 

He was one of 8 sons of Jesse.  David was a shepherd, not because he just loved sheep more than anything else, but because he was the youngest son and it was the job for the least in the pecking order.  (If you have siblings you understand the pecking order).  So David had a lot of time to himself (and sheep).  While alone, he invited God into his life through worship & praise.  He put God first in his life and as a result he is described later as a man after God's own heart. But when Samuel came to Jesse's house to anoint the next king, David was not even considered. His father must have thought, "He's too young, too inexperienced, and years away from being chosen for anything important.  But God declares to Samuel, 

"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."    1 Samuel 16:7

God saw a boy who put God first in his life.  God saw a boy who sought after God with his whole heart.  And... God honored that boy. 

God would rather have a boy whose heart seeks after God, than a might man who seeks fame, fortune & power.  David was anointed King because his priorities were right.  God First!  He defeated Goliath a short time later as teenager because his priorities were right.  God First!  And as a result he knew he could trust God to defeat the giant.  Later Saul, the still reigning King, became jealous of David's notoriety and tried to kill him.  David had to run for his life.  He became homeless, living in caves.  Where was the courageous young man who fought Goliath.  Why is David running in fear of Saul.  One reason only.  Saul is not the enemy!  Even though he has an army of men hunting him down to kill him.  David still refers to him as the Lord's anointed.  In fact David has 2 opportunities to take the life of Saul and yet refuses to do so.  Abashai, one of David's men tries to convince David to take Saul's life.  

Abishai said to David, "Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won't strike him twice."  But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD's anointed and be guiltless?  As surely as the LORD lives," he said, "the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.  But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD's anointed.  - 1 Samuel 26:8-11

Rather than taking matters into his own hands, David left it in God's hands, even after 3 years of hiding from Saul.  David's priorities were God First!  

It is always the right thing to wait on God until He tells you what to do next.  Whether in your family, in business, with your friends, your enemies, in the big decision or the small decisions, ask the Lord what to do.  Follow God faithfully, stay close to Him and you will be rewarded.  

David wrote this at the time when he was running for his life:  

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;  for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.  Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  - Psalm 37:1-6​

​Follow the lesson of David.  Understand that when you seek revenge or take matters into your own hands, you are taking God's rightful place away from him and saying "I can't trust you to do this, God, I have to do it."   You really don't want to do that, do you?   God is so able to exalt you through your situation, if you will just trust Him.

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