Monday, April 14, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, April 14, 2014

Living Lives Before the Lord

A couple of years ago, I attended a lecture by Dr. Don Colbert, M.D., who spoke about God’s plans for living.  He said God had two plans; Plan A and Plan B.  Plan A is living your life for 120 years or longer; Moses and Abraham had Plan A (Deuteronomy 34:7), (Genesis 25:7).  There is also Plan B; this plan is for a lifespan of seventy or eighty years (Psalm 90:10).  Most people focus on the second plan.  But whatever the length of our lives, short or long, …yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, 
for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10).

How then should we live our lives?  Should we be totally consumed with our daily obstacles, our money, our relationships, and our possessions?  The Bible says the pagan or the ungodly folks are consumed with seeking after these things but God knows what we need and promised to supply all of our need (Philippians 4:19).

Nevertheless, He simply wants us to have the right priorities (Matthew 6:32-34) and to have the correct perspective about the things of the world (1 Corinthians 7:31). David was the king over Israel but he decided that he would rather be a simple doorkeeper for God than live a life among the wicked (Psalm 84:10).

This week when life seems overwhelming and when you feel you don’t have a moment to hear yourself think, pause and think about God.  Make Him your priority and everything else will fall into place.

Please comment below and tell how you decided to live your life before the Lord. It may help someone who needs to have the right priorities in their life.

Philippians 4:19
New International Version (NIV)
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:32-34
New International Version (NIV)
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

1 Corinthians 7:31
Amplified Bible (AMP)
31 And those who deal with this world [overusing the enjoyments of this life] as though they were not absorbed by it and as if they had no dealings with it. For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away.

Psalm 84:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

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