Seize the Moment – Day 787



2 Samuel 10


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 13.


Do you like to think of yourself as an effective multitasker? I used to! I learned that while it is possible to do two things at once, it’s difficult to give either of them my attention effectively. For example, I can’t listen to a person sitting in front of me effectively while checking my text messages. In that same way that I can’t attend to a phone call while reading emails. I need to pick one or the other to focus my concentration on one person or one task at a time.


Israel found themselves in a battle on two fronts and Joab, the general of their army, made the decision to give his full attention to one front and entrust the other to his brother, Abishai. He galvanized his brother into action with these words from 2 Samuel 10:11-12:


If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you. Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His sight.


Joab knew that he couldn’t personally lead the battle on both fronts, so he delegated authority so that his attention was not split and both fronts had a leader with their full focus on the task. To win the battle, regardless of whether it is physical, mental, emotional, relational, or spiritual one, you must give your full attention to the situation at hand and trust God with the results on every front in your life.


Seize the moment and work with a whole heart and an undivided mind (Colossians 3:23)! Rather than multitasking focus on the person, task, or situation at hand and watch God win the battle.

God bless you!
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