“Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the palace treasuries. Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the regional treasuries throughout the towns, villages, and fortresses of Israel. Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the king’s lands. Shimei from Ramah was in charge of the king’s vineyards. Zabdi from Shepham was responsible for the grapes and the supplies of wine. Baal-hanan from Geder was in charge of the king’s olive groves and sycamore-fig trees in the foothills of Judah. Joash was responsible for the supplies of olive oil. Shitrai from Sharon was in charge of the cattle on the Sharon Plain. Shaphat son of Adlai was responsible for the cattle in the valleys. Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels. Jehdeiah from Meronoth was in charge of the donkeys. Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the king’s flocks of sheep and goats. All these officials were overseers of King David’s property.” 1 Chronicles 27:25-34 (NLT)


King David had accumulated wealth during his reign as king. Yet, it wasn’t just his military feats that were at the forefront of his thoughts. Everything from the king’s lands to olive oil, cattle, money, and various towns had overseers. It was organized and no one wondered who was in charge of the different areas. This pattern was consistent in how David managed his affairs in his life. He found qualified people to oversee areas so he could focus on the pressing issues that needed his attention. He didn’t try to do it all because he knew he couldn’t.

While we may not have a country to oversee, we all have areas in our lives that need attention. Are the things in your life in order? It is a good question for all of us to consider. You may not need to organize your sock drawer, but take a moment to examine the things in your life that matter. Areas such as finances, possessions, family, health and the future need attention. The leadership lesson we can glean from King David can be applied to areas in our lives where we oversee others, but it is also important to apply those same lessons in ordering our private world. When things are properly attended to, then it frees us up to focus on the things that matter most. We can’t manage everything either, so sometimes it is in our best interest to delegate or eliminate the things that crowd our life. Instead of putting it off, make the phone call, create a system in your home to help manage getting your kids to school, or clean up that garage so that you have less excess to manage. When we do, we realize we don’t have to do it all because it has already been done. It frees us to focus on the things that matter.


Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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