An Inquiring Heart—for God (Part 2)
“Once again David inquired of the Lord…” (1 Samuel 23:4 NIV)
Christians today are demonstrating this truth all the time. They are trying to make the umbrella [of God’s protection] follow them as they make unilateral decisions in life, and it doesn’t work. Just because you have declared yourself to be a Christian doesn’t mean that God is obligated to supply your needs as you do your own thing… You cannot tell God what to do and where to go… How easily we forget that we are not the center of the universe; God is. We must never lose track of the fact that “the world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).
David was “a man after God’s own heart” (see 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22) because he humbly asked God’s direction for his daily life. He knew that if he didn’t have the umbrella of God’s supply, he had no business tangling with the Philistines outside Keilah. He asked for God’s plan, and in this case God said yes—go ahead.
Even then, David came back a second time: “God, my men are not very thrilled about this idea. They say we have enough worries of our own with King Saul chasing us—so why am I now wanting to take on the Philistines? Should I really do this? Have I truly heard from you?”
The answer again was yes. “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand” (1 Samuel 23:4).
This incident reminds us that one of the first rules of spiritual guidance is to assume that we could be wrong. David was humble enough to say to himself, “Possibly I misheard God. I’d better check again.” He didn’t pretend that he was in constant twenty-four-hour communication with God and above all didn't chance making a mistake.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read 1 Samuel 23:4-6.