“[David] inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ ” (1 Samuel 23:2a)
While dangerous 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 his requested instruction, they were immediately 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 message. The instructions he received were exactly the same as before, so to the credit of David’s dedicated troop of men, by faith they unanimously agreed to follow him. As a result, the people of Keilah were delivered from certain death (see 1 Samuel 23:5).
The Lord’s timeless promise of guidance was announced to all believers by the psalmist, and it has been repeatedly echoed across the centuries by many other inspired Biblical authors. Jehovah graciously 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 instruction. Following Him has always demanded personal faith, sacrifice, and courage!
When you face personal spiritual battles remember that you will never be alone. However, also be aware that the uncomfortable feelings of fear that accompany our times of disobedience are actually God’s protection which comes to us through conviction. In stark contrast, any fear experienced during times of faithful obedience are clearly not from God. The Scripture testifies, “…God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Satan delights in seeking to cripple us through fear but God provides the faith to overcome it. King David provided our example saying, “During the time I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3) It is precisely when we are called to act in faith – that we are privileged to see God the Holy Spirit in action!
Our Lord is fully committed to keeping His promises and over time, revealing His plans for us. We are therefore called to act on what He has already promised. As an example, in Acts 1:8 He said, “…you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Are you willing to exercise your faith and make His promise your lifestyle?
Today, if you are still unsure about God’s leading and you want to know His will, timing, planned methodology, and the intended recipients of your ministry – then earnestly pray. Next, patiently wait looking forward to His guidance!
If after praying you are still uncertain, then simply ask again. Remember David’s second prayer. Make no mistake about it – if God’s desire is for you to serve, then He will bless your spiritual obedience! In such cases, the circumstances will no longer matter. When He is leading, He is fully in charge!
The Bible declares, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) This is why your personal service should never be accompanied by worry. Paul admonished us, “not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
By Billie Hanks Jr.