Monday, April 29

Inquire of the Lord…again!

Scripture: 2 Samuel 4-5, Psalm 139, Matthew 16

2 Samuel 5:19 Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines.”

2 Samuel 5:22-23 Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the Vally of Rephaim.  23 When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.”

Observation

First, it was David’s habit to inquire of the Lord.  Rather than just forging ahead with his own plans, he stopped to ask God what to do.  

Second, he inquired of the Lord even when faced with the same situation.  When the Philistines regrouped and gathered a second time in the valley of Rephaim, David could have easily assumed that he should attack again.  “I’ve been in this situation before, and I know what the Lord said last time; I’ll do the same thing.”  But he took nothing for granted, and inquired of the Lord again.  And God gave him new instructions.  He was to attack from a different direction, and God would work with Him in new ways.  

Application

This speaks to me because so much of my life is repetitious.  I do the same things over and over, and I know how to do them.  I don’t need to ask the Lord—I know.  Been there, done that.  But David, in the same situation, inquired of the Lord again.

I wonder how much I miss out on because I don’t inquire of the Lord and let Him give me fresh direction, new ideas and approaches, and I don’t experience new help from Him.  What new ideas, what new directions may God want to give me if I’ll only ask Him.  

Here’s my challenge: don’t assume that you know what to do because you’ve done it before.  Give God a chance to give you new direction.  Inquire of the Lord.  Ask Him what He wants you to do.  It may be the same, or it may be something new.  But give God a chance to speak!

Prayer: Lord, remind me to inquire of You.  Even today: what do you want me to do?  I don’t want to assume I know, or make my plans independent of You.