An Inquiring Heart – for God (Part 1)
“[David] inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ The Lord answered him, ‘Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.’” (1 Samuel 23:2 NIV)
One of the best Bible examples of a godly person seeking to do God’s will is David when he faced a major question at Keilah. The little-known story appears in 1 Samuel 23, during the time when David was on the run from King Saul. David had enough trouble of his own trying to protect his modest band of men from the Israelite army—but then word came that this particular town was being threatened by the Philistines. He began by asking God, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”
Notice that he didn’t assume that just because he had once been anointed by God’s prophet, he could win at any time in any place. He knew how important it was to be led by the Lord in every new situation. Not every opportunity for battle meant that he must engage in it.
This is true for us today. Not every Christian cause, not every plea for money—no matter how well intentioned—automatically means that we should respond.
David also knew that if God did lead him into a situation, God’s provision would follow. Wherever God leads us, there is an umbrella of protection and supply that stays over our heads. Under that umbrella are the divine resources of wisdom, grace, finance, and all the other things we need to do what God has asked.
That does not mean there won’t be problems and difficulties. But wherever the Lord leads, he must then by necessity help us. However, the umbrella goes only where God leads us to go. If we choose to turn left when God wants us to go right, we cannot expect God to support the plans we made on our own.
To be continued…
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read 1 Samuel 23:1-3.