2 Samuel 5:23-KJV
“And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees”
In everything David did, he enquired of God. He never made a move without seeking God’s direction first & the times depicted in the Bible when he did not ask of God, he found himself in all types of complications. When lust began to consume him, David did not seek God about how to quell or resist that lust which was propelling him to pursue Bathsheba. Instead, he acted foolishly, answering to his flesh & he acted upon his feelings, causing an innocent man to be put to death at David’s request. When pride took over David, he numbered Gods people and God was angry and He dealt with David for this action. Yes, God does grow angry with us but He is also a forgiving God too. We know God dealt with David’s sin but he forgave David.
We need to seek God before we act. On & in, every area of our lives which includes our Spiritual walk with Him, maybe you are looking for a church, maybe moving from a Church, employment or changing jobs, university or apprenticeship, how about how to bring up our children (if we have any); seek parenting skills & direction from The Father who created us. Ask Him, should we adopt or foster, if being natural parents is not an option or choice. What type of bank you should use; choosing a mortgage? Types of holiday to go on, seems simple doesn’t it? How about staying or moving jobs; illness, treatment for sickness, moving homes, friendships groups, what about relationships, should we be in the ones we are in? Unequally yoked, dating someone who does not believe in God, what does God say about this? What’s the next step then? How do we deal with this? What about marriage, separation, divorce facing any of these? Have we enquired of God what to do? Are we facing challenges here? There are darker issues many face of how to get out of crippling debts, addictions tongue cannot repeat but only God sees, maybe it’s adultery, pornography, suicidal thoughts, being involved in or imprisoned because of crime; the valley that wants to swallow us up. The enemy that wants to destroy us. There is no question God will not answer & there is no battle God cannot deliver us from. We just need to come to Him & speak. If you are yet to become a Christian or new to the faith, please speak to God & seek HIS direction. This verse is reason why.
When we come away from the will of God, we come against all manner of issues & problems but when we seek God first, He will direct our path. In Proverbs 3:5 Solomon said “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Had David gone up against the Philistines in the valley of Rephaim the second time, without seeking God because he had been successful the first time and won the battle against them; he would have surely lost because as the Philistines had changed strategy, they changed tactics, from when they first fought David & his army in the same valley, to try & out-manoeuvre David. Just as they changed tactics according to the direction of the enemy, so must we change tactics under the direction of The Holy Spirit. Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, this is a spiritual battle, fought in the spirit realm and on earth, our very lives, is the battlefield. The warfare is not the people we physically see, no, they are strongholds the enemy sets up to attack us in. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”. Our weapon is The Holy Spirit, the God in us, amen! The enemy is a spirit also & he looks to inhabit people & situations to agrieve & destroy us. We need to be aware & alert to his manoeuvres Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The Philistines came to destroy David, but God as his Protector & Shield, The Conquering Lion of Judah, His Commanding Strategist, strong & mighty in battle, directed David, not only to safety but He told David when to move, how to move “And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself” then David, God was saying, you shall move! Most importantly, God told David where HE was going to be in David’s battle “for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” What a mighty God, He is our Fortress!??
Disobedence causes us to fall into many problems. Trying to do things off our own back & not following the direction or instructions given to us, even when the Holy Spirit is prompting, indeed at times yanking us away, causes us to end up in problems. If David was disobedient, he would have lost the battle but he followed the instructions God gave him & the victory was His “And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.” If God is for us NO one, nor force of darkness, no weapon formed against us will prosper. The enemy will try, as the Philistines did with David a plethora of times, gosh they massed an onslaught of attacks against him but he sought God on every battle. We see here in this verse it was twice in a matter of days! Doesn’t it feel like that for you? It does me. Trial & battle one after another, just as soon as God gets me through one situation another beast rears it’s ugly head! The fiery darts will come for us, we have been warned. The attacks will come but in everything, stand firm even if inside we are wobbling & seek God then give Him thanks for the answer before we even receive it! Exercise a tiny bit of faith. Seek Him first & all His righteous & all will be given to us, including the instructions we need to make this life journey “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13 Seek God then wait as David did, for Him to answer. He will answer us with precision & He will make it clear to us, that what He has told us- is of Him “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
#Share this verse with all you meet today, maybe you know Jesus maybe you don’t but the message is the same, all the answers you need are in Jesus, we seek Him first, for our direction??
God bless & keep you all, in Jesus name