Ask God

“David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to Him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” (NASB) 1 Samuel 30:5-8
Something hit me hard a couple of weeks ago. A question that we see throughout the Bible. We measure men of God by their devotion and adherence to the answer. That question is … Have I asked God about it?
It seems simple enough, and yet I know my tendency to ask everyone but God when a problem or situation is brewing. I know it’s not because I don’t want God’s input, well, most of the time. It seems to be something that I have to work at and develop in my walk with God.1 Samuel is a great historical book in our Bibles filled with amazing stories.
In 1 Samuel, there are two main characters that we follow. King David, the David of David and Goliath, the man, the myth, and the legend of Israel. Then there is King Saul. The people’s choice who seemed to do the exact opposite that God wanted him to do when it counted. The contrast, I think, is on purpose. That purpose is to show us the way God wants us to live, asking Him. David was good at it. In the passage listed above, David’s family had been captured by the Philistines along with the families of all of his men that were following him. Rather than fly off the handle and pursue them and kill them out of vengeance, he asks God. This took discipline and was a result of a continued pattern and habit he had developed throughout his life.
Did you know that sometimes it’s not about the answer; it’s that you asked the question in the first place that pleases God. God wasn’t unaware of what had happened to David’s family. Sometimes this is easier to explain as a parent. I know what my kids want a lot. And a lot of times, it’s not that I don’t want them to have things; it’s that it blesses me when they ask and allow me to be a part of the situation. Then I can protect them and provide for them in a loving way with them. Remember, God is our Emmanuel. He is and desires to be acknowledged as God WITH us! What better way to show your love and devotion to God than to invite Him, Inquire of Him, and let Him be with you in the situation you face or live in. Thank you, Lord, for being here and with us!
Pastor Mike

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