Do you know where you are going this next year physically and spiritually? Are you in a crossroads in your life where divine direction is needed? Have you asked God for help and are you willing to wait on His timing rather than your own? I am full of questions lately as I navigate my recent landscape of the unknown without the familiarity of a church home or ministry involvement. As I read in 2 Samuel today about newly anointed King David, I was reminded about how much better things will turn out should I choose to rely on God's plans and timing rather than my own.
In 2 Samuel 5, David is officially anointed by the tribes to be king over all of Israel. King David and his nation begin to prosper and in his heart, David recognizes that he himself had nothing to do with it. What a humble man.
2 Samuel 5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
We, like David, need to always be fully aware that we are just a part of God's master plan to be used as He wishes. David was merely a part of God's master plan for the nation of Israel and the coming Messiah. As I read this I thought: "Do I always give God the credit he deserves for my successes?"
To continue the story, upon hearing that David was anointed king, the Philistines went to look for David. Here was David's response and God's reply to him:
So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?"
And the LORD said to David, "Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand."
(2 Samuel 5:19)
David asked of God, waited for God's reply and acted upon God's direction. As a result, things turned out nicely for David. He once again gave God all of the glory for the victory over the Philistines. Seems simple doesn't it?
Again in this same chapter we see that the Philistines regrouped and were assembling to again attack Israel. Once again, David seeks God for direction and this time God tells him to wait for a "sign" before taking action. Take a look:
Therefore, David inquired of the LORD, and He said, "You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines. (2 Samuel 5:23-24)
Do you suppose that the sound of marching God spoke of and that David eventually heard was the sound of God's armies in the spiritual realm going out to battle for God's people? I think so. When we are in the middle of God's plan for our lives and are doing God's work here on earth, God will do "battle" for us too. What an inspiring reality that is for all of us to keep pressing on in our respective callings. The key is being quiet enough to listen to God's direction and in waiting for His timing to act.
1) Who or what are the "Philistines" in my life? What "battle" must I now face?"
2) What does God say about how I should fight this "battle"?
3) When should I begin the "fight"?