He (David), inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” – 1 Sam 23:2
Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.” – 1 Sam 23:7
As this battle unfolds between David and Saul, it is amazing to see the two different perspective of men who consider themselves God’s chosen. Indeed, they both were chosen by God, but only one now has God’s favor. In the two verses above it is easy to distinguish the difference if one only takes the time to carefully look.
For David, in verse 2, he inquires of the Lord if he is to go down to Keilah to save the people and God responds to his request. In the second example, Saul assumes that he has God’s favor just because of his position. We find out a few verses later that God delivers David a few more times from Saul and his men. David is a man of God, inquiring of God, whereas Saul is a man assumed to be with God because of where he is and his high station.
For a pastor in particular this can be a dangerous road. It is easy to be either Saul or David, so I must continually inquire of the Lord before I can go in any direction. Not just for my sake or my family’s sake, but for the congregation’s sake. I have to be willing to inquire of the Lord that His wisdom might lead me and the people in the right direction.
We in our own lives must then also inquire of the Lord. What direction do I take Lord? Is this a battle I should fight or just leave alone Lord? Should I take this job Lord? It is easy to inquire of the Lord and He always answers, it may not be in my time, but He always answers, even when that answer is no.
Where the danger lies is if, like Saul, I am consumed by my sin and run off without God’s leading. I assume that I have God’s favor in whatever I do, which is prideful and an easy way to bring God’s discipline upon my head. So, in earnestness I must inquire of the Lord, each day, what is His direction in my life. I need to stay in constant prayer to ensure He is leading and that I am following.
Let God Lead Your Paths,