Scripture Reading: I Samuel 30:7-20

“And David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?’ He answered him, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.'” (I Samuel 30:8)

Let’s review what had happened to David. First, he was rejected by the Philistines, after he had abandoned Saul and the Israelites. Second, when he returned to his city, the Amalekites had burned it down and taken the women and children captive, including David’s two wives Ahinoam and Abigail. Third, David’s men were bitter with him and talked about stoning him. You can see why David was distressed and overwhelmed. He took two actions –he strengthened himself in the Lord his God and he turned to the Lord for guidance.

First, David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. He recognized his helplessness and weaknesses. Then he remembered his all-sufficient God and ran under His wings for refuge. It was there that he gained strength — “Blessed be the Lord! for He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him” (Psalm 68:6,7).

Once David was strengthened in the Lord, he turned to the Lord for guidance — “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” David did not take matters into his own hands. He sought the Lord first and asked for His guidance in the matter. God answered David’s prayer and told him what to do.

I must confess that all too often I take matters in my own hands. I act before I ask God for guidance. We could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we sought the Lord before act. Sometimes we have to wait for His guidance. We have to search His Word and be sensitive to the circumstances He brings our way. I wish He would give us a clear directive, as He did with David. I’ve often longed for His handwriting on the wall.

When we inquire of the Lord and trust Him for the answer, He will give it. It may not be a direct verbal response; but if we wait on Him, He will lead us. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” God providentially will guide us. He wants us to seek guidance from Him. Often the guidance comes after we have been strengthened by the Lord. We have to be still and know that He is God. It is often in those times of prayerful reflection upon God’s Word that we receive directions for our lives.

Lord God, You are the God of providence. I know that You will guide me when I inquire of You. I can think of the many times I have seen Your hand at work in my life, leading me and guiding me in the decisions I have had to make. Thank You for Your providential care over my life.


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