CONSULT THE LORD
So David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 2 Samuel 5:19
One of the big lessons we learn from David in the battle against the Philistines in the Valley of Rephaim is his willingness to consult the Lord at every phase of the military campaign. Before he stepped into the first battle, David sought the Lord’s mind and guidance. He wanted three things from the Lord.
First was whether he should even go into the battle at all.
Second, he sought for clarification on the kind of battle strategy to employ and third, he wanted to know the final outcome of the battle. After he had won the first battle, he again sought for the Lord’s guidance for the second battle, even though both the enemy and the battleground were the same as before.
From David, we learn not to be presumptuous, nor take the Lord’s leading for granted. Many a time when one method has worked for us in the past, we make it a formula for life. Or when God helps us in a particular situation, we take His will for granted when we are faced with a similar situation. If you really want to experience victory in every battle, you must learn this attitude of David’s. Learn to go to God with a simple question, ‘Lord, should I do it?’
In life, no two things or situations are exactly the same. What appears to be like something you have already encountered before may actually have dimensions that are very different from what you see. The good news is that God sees what we don’t see and knows what we don’t know. Seek for His guidance in every situation. Let Him give you the strategy for every battle and you will always be on the winning side.
Prayer: Show me Your will, O Lord, and teach me what to do today.
Scriptural Reading: 2 Samuel 5:17-25