"...just as Saul and his men began to close in on David and his men, an urgent message reached Saul that the Philistines were raiding Israel again" (1 Samuel 23:26-27).
Saul, infected by his own insecurities and blinded by his bitterness and rage, was seeking to destroy David, both his life and his chances of ascending to the throne. Saul was close to his chance of taking David out of the equation when he received word that his nation was under attack. All the time that Saul could have been observing his nation from a real enemy, he was wasting his time, energy, and efforts trying to take out an enemy that was only one perceived in his mind.
What happened to Saul has become so common in our culture. We begin to worry about things that are not our concern. When we get so wrapped up in what we can do nothing about, we lose focus on what we can do something about.
Life is so much about prioritizing...EVERYTHING! There are times that is easy to get sucked in to things, situations, and drama that are not a part of the destiny journey that God has called us to travel. When we spend time investing in something that should not be our priority, we're actually robbing from the areas that require and deserve our focused attention.
What battles are you fighting in your life that are actually taking you away from focusing on the areas that are really under attack? Even if the area that you are focused on right now is important, is it the most important? Is it the area that, if left undealt with, would wreak the most havoc? Take some time to seek God, asking Him to show you the battles in your life, surrendering those battles to Him, asking Him to reveal to you the ones that are standing in the way of the victory you were destined for. Don't fight a battle that will keep you from actually winning the war.