While Philistine raids and looting were taking place in Keilah, David inquired of the Lord asking, “what should I do?” the Lord replied with these instructions, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” (1 Samuel 23:2b)
When David informed his men about these heavenly instructions, they were afraid. So due to their unusual fear, he approached the Lord a second time. This inquiry was made to be absolutely sure that he correctly understood God’s leadership. The instructions he received were exactly the same as before, so to the credit of David’s men, by faith they unanimously agreed to follow him. As a result, the people of Keilah were delivered from certain death (1 Samuel 23:5).
The Lord’s faithful promise of guidance was announced to us by the psalmist but it has been echoed repeatedly across the centuries by many other inspired Biblical authors. Jehovah declared, “
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
You can anticipate the enemy’s challenges when you seek to obey the Lord’s leadership. Following Him has always demanded personal faith, sacrifice and courage! When you face spiritual battles, remember that you will never be alone. The uncomfortable fear that comes during times of disobedience is actually God’s conviction. However, our fear experienced during times of faithful obedience is not from God. The Scripture states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Satan delights in crippling us through fear but God provides the faith to overcome it. The Bible says, “During the time I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3) It is precisely when we are asked to advance in faith – that we are privileged to see God the Holy Spirit in action!
Our Lord is fully committed to His promise and wants to lead us. We are merely asked to act on what He has already said. As an example, in Acts 1:8 He says, “…you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Are you willing to act this week on His instructions?
Today, if you are not sure about God’s leading and still want to know about His timing, preferred method, or the intended recipient of your witness, earnestly pray. Then, patiently wait for His guidance. If after praying you are still uncertain, simply ask again. Remember David. Make no mistake about it – if God’s instruction is for you to “go,” then He will bless your obedience! In that case, the circumstances will no longer matter. When He is leading, He is in charge. The Bible declares, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31) This is why your Christian witness need never be accompanied by timid anxiety.
– Billie Hanks Jr.