Saturday, April 20

Ask again

Scripture: 1 Samuel 23, Psalm 31, 54, Matthew 7

1 Samuel 23:2–4 David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” 

The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 

3 But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!” 

4 Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”


David inquired of the Lord a second time.

First, he asked the Lord if they should attack the Philistines and free the town of Keilah.  The Lord said yes, but David’s men said no.  They were afraid.  They were already running for their lives from their own countrymen (Saul and the army were pursuing them).  They didn’t want to provoke the Philistines and be running from them too.  Understandable. 

But the Lord had told David to attack.  Now what?

David inquired of the Lord a second time.  He went back to make sure he had heard correctly.  He had.  So they attacked and delivered Keilah from the Philistines.  


I don’t remember ever noticing this detail before.  

I’ve had times when I had direction from the Lord and then had second thoughts.  Or something came up that made me question the direction.  Or other people resisted and said no.  What to do in those situations?  Ask again.  Go to God and ask again.  “Did I hear You correctly?  Is this what You want me to do.” 

Notice that God didn’t reprimand David.  “Why are you asking again; I’ve already told you.” God gave David what he needed to move forward with confidence. 

Inquire of the Lord—ask God what to do.  And if you have second thoughts, ask again.  


Prayer: Lord, I want to please You.  I want to be led by You.  I want to hear Your voice.  I want to obey.  So help me to listen, and when in doubt, remind me to ask again.