“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defence. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all” – Oswald Chambers.
Led by the Lord
When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors, he inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines? The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah. But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces! Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.
1 Samuel 23:1-4
Cars have indicators on the front panel which tell us how much fuel is remaining and other important information. Many of us drive our cars without bothering to check the indicators. Some may grind to a halt because the driver did not check if there was enough fuel for the journey first.
The same can be said of our lives. Like cars, we also have an indicator – the Holy Spirit who is in us. It is important to check that we are not running on past experience, as it is not an indicator. Indicators are for a special purpose.
When we read the above passage, it says that David did not inquire once, but twice to make sure that he was on track. This did not happen overnight, but over a period of time where he would spend time with the Lord, and He would lead him. David made sure that he was checking with the indicator.
David’s men were not very enthusiastic to go and fight. His army consisted of the distressed, the discontented, and people who were in debt. Though the men were afraid because of the Word of the Lord, David was able to gather the weak then confront and defeat the Philistines.
I thank You for this day and seek Your Holy Spirit to lead me. I depend on You for every step of my life. Amen.
Theo and Manju