”I have set the Lord always before me…” [Psalm 16:8]
David was the anointed king yet he roamed around from place to place, like Abraham before him who went out not knowing where he was going or Jacob and Moses who ran for their life into the dessert—destiny awaited them all, through the doorway of ‘relocation’.
With all the economic flux that is shaking our nation, people are relocating, forced to leave their homes, communities and places of worship. In some cases they leave their families and their places of ministry that they love. What can we learn from David in such trying times? God was constantly leading David into unknown territory and strange situations that would leave any man scratching his head and wondering what on earth God was doing. What was David’s answer to this universal question?
1. It was in the moments of on-the-job training that God was always with him regardless of the circumstances.
2. He had learned he had to act upon what he knew and that God was well able to defeat his enemies.
3. He had learned that he served a God who would never see his children begging for bread, whatever they needed would be provided.
4. David learned with all the wandering from place to place that God was able to lead him to his destiny.
But there’s more to the secret of David’s success. David set the Lord always before him. David purposed in his heart, he made a decision of the will; he was intentional about setting the Lord before him. God’s presence is not in a particular place, people, partnership or position but in the determination to establish this principle as a guiding factor of life—I have set the Lord always before me.
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For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations.