Scripture: 1 Chronicles 14-15, Psalm 132, Matthew 18
1 Chronicles 14:14-15 14Once more David consulted God, who answered, “Don’t attack them from here, but go round and get ready to attack them from the other side, near the balsam trees. 15When you hear the sound of marching in the treetops, then attack, because I will be marching ahead of you to defeat the Philistine army.”
“I know what to do. Why should I ask God?”
The more life experience we have, the more likely we are to think that way.
David made a habit of “consulting the Lord.” Before he made major decisions, like going into battle, he asked the Lord what he should do. When the Philistines invaded, David didn’t just do what seemed obvious (counter attack and drive out the invaders). First, he consulted God. He inquired of God. He asked God. And the Lord answered him: “Yes, attack! And I will give you victory.” And so it happened.
When the Philistines invaded again, I would have been tempted to think, “I know what to do. Been here, done that!” I wouldn’t have felt a need to ask God. “I’ve already been in this situation and asked God. I know what He said then, and it worked. I’ll just do it again!”
But David didn’t presume. “Once more David consulted God.” And it’s good he did, because God gave him a different battle plan. God’s answer was different this time, and David would have missed it if he had just assumed “ditto” and gone off his previous experience.
I believe that God wants to be more involved in my decision making. I don’t think He wants to tell me every single thing—like a good parent, God wants us to grow up and make smart decisions on our own as well. But I think that if I consult the Lord again on those big decisions, and not just rely on my previous experience, God will give me new battle plans, new directions.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Where am I “leaning on my own understanding” when I should be consulting God again?
Prayer: Lord, thanks for this reminder, and help me today to consult you and not just lean on my own understanding and experience.