Nov
23
2012

It’s one thing to pray, it’s another to hear God

In my last post, I discussed how David feigned madness before Achish, the King of Gath, as he was trying to get away from Saul. Achish, however sent him away (1 Samuel 21:10-13). As I began to read the story of David from the incident recorded in 1 Samuel 21. I noticed one significant fact. From this story onwards, we read the words ‘And David enquired of the Lord’, whenever he faced a difficult situation (1 Samuel 23:2, 1 Samuel 23:4, 1 Samuel 30:8, 2 Samuel 2:1 etc). David had now learned to enquire of the Lord before taking any steps. However, in this post, I want to highlight that David did more than pray about the situation, he did not move until he heard from God.

Following the incident recorded in 1 Samuel 21, we know that after many years in the wilderness, David again went to Achish, the king of Gath – and this time was treated like a trusted friend. During this period, he helped the king conquer his enemies by going out to war with him – until it was time to go to war against the Israelites. Achish’s men questioned David’s loyalty to him and he had no choice but to send David back from the battlefield. On getting back, in a story familiar to many of us, David and his men found that the Amalekites had carried off their families and possessions. The scriptures record that David and his men cried until they had no more strength to cry. In anger and frustration the men talked of stoning David, so David cried out to the Lord.

The reason I entitled this post, ‘Do we really wait for God to speak?’ is because  anybody’s immediate response would have been to go after the enemy. Instinct would have suggested immediate pursuit of the enemy. You can imagine the scenario, he would have felt that he had to do something at least for the sake of his distressed men and that it was essential that he hurry to the rescue of his wives.

Yet, David did something that we should learn from. He did not let the circumstances dictate his response. He paused to ask God for guidance and he did not move out until he got clear instruction from God.

Many times, when confronted with situations, a lot of us will pray and then get up. I have been there many times. Yes, I have prayed about the situation, but  did I wait to get His clear guidance? We pray because that’s what we are supposed to do and we just expect God to bless whatever decision we make. I believe that if God had told David not to pursue the enemy, David would have trusted God to provide deliverance through another means. The challenge is to ask God for guidance on how we should act and it goes beyond committing the situation into His hands and expecting Him to bless our plans.

Communication is two-way and God wants to instruct us on the path we should take. Habakkuk says this so beautifully in 2:1-2a

I will stand at my watch
and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
and what answer I am to give to this complaint.[a]

2 Then the Lord replied…

I trust this has been an encouraging word so until I appear again in your inbox, with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed

 

Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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