09 June 2020
2 Samuel 5:17-25 – ASK GOD AND MOVE
From the beginning even before David knew that he was going to be chosen as king, God has prepared David for the battles that he will have to fight in the future. David started his first battle with the lion and bear when they came to attack the sheep that he was looking after. Then he defeated Goliath, the giant. From then on, he continued to fight more battles.
In today’s bible reading from 2 Samuel 5:17, David inquired of the Lord before going into battle against the Philistines. He did not make the decisions himself. He involved God in those decisions. Each time, he sought the Lord for guidance. He obeyed and did as the Lord commanded him. and gain victory, time and time again. For the victory, he attributed it to the Lord and does not claim the glory for himself (2 Samuel 5:20).
The lesson we can learn here from David is not to take steps without the direction of God. To ensure victory was to seek the wisdom of God. Furthermore, God desires us to seek Him, that is also to show our dependence on Him, and not on our own strength.
Therefore, we too must inquire of God and move when God moves! But take note and be aware that the devil will tell us to do entirely the opposite because he doesn’t want us to be involved in things concerning God. The devil does not want us to have a burden for reaching the lost, or to be fully involved in church activities, or pray to change things, etc. We are opposed when we begin to work for God’s kingdom.
As believers, it should be natural for us to inquire of the Lord for anything and everything. He is Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omniscient (all-knowing), and Omnipresent (all-present). Who can be greater than Him? We must recognize and acknowledge His Sovereignty and His Greatness. Without Him, we are basically nothing. The more we do for Jesus, for the extension of His kingdom, the more the devil does not like us because we are a threat to him. The devil will always try to strike us down at every opportunity he gets. Therefore, we must not let our guard down. All the more, we should put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) and arm ourselves with God’s word as His word is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword….. (Hebrews 4:12) in order to equip ourselves to fight against the work of the devil.
With immediate effect, let us be committed to inquire of the Lord for everything that we do.
Suggested prayer –
Heavenly Father, forgive me for not remembering always to ask of You for guidance in certain things that I do. I want to take a step of obedience today to listen to You, to do only what You say, and to do it according to Your way. I will not move until You tell me to. I want to be Your successful warrior in each of the battles I encounter. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.