God and family

“From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, ‘Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?’”  1 Samuel 22:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 22, Psalm 17 & 35, and Matthew 6.

David is on the run from Saul, holed up in a cave.  When his family and friends find out they join him.

David has use for any fighters who have arrived but he knows that his future will be very unsettled and he wants his family taken care of.

Note that David, despite his precarious situation, is still waiting on God.  David has no idea what God has in mind but he is willing to wait.

Good lessons for me.

I have a responsibility to take care of my family.  I cannot ignore them because something I want to do does not include them.  I must tend to their needs.

I also need to be seeking God’s will.  I must want Him to set my course of action or inaction.

How do I function in difficult times?  Am I likely to first save my own skin?  Am I calling on God for help first?  Crucial questions.

“Lord, no one will ever confuse me for David!  In so many examples he does exactly what You want him to do.  In Your strength, I must do the same thing.  Help me, Father.  You are my God.”

What are your priorities?  Where are God and family in your thinking?

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