Read it!: I Samuel 23
Again, David asked,
“Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?”
And the Lord said, “They will.”
Think it through:
So if you’ve been wondering why there are dice next to my little sheep, here we go.
In I Samuel 23, David defends a nearby town against the Philistines despite the imminent danger to himself and his men. He does this on the direct order of the Lord; as in, he asks the Lord if he should go (twice!) and the Lord says “yes.”
After he saves the town, David has the local priest bring him the Urim and the Thummin. (To put it very simply, these were like Holy Dice; the priests used them to ask questions of God and get a definitive answer.) David asks his questions and uses the Urim and the Thummin (twice, again!), receiving clear “yes” answers from the Lord.
How I would love to have the use of a set of Urim and Thummim for life’s big dilemmas! To be able to ask the Lord a question and get a clear, conclusive answer—what an amazing experience that would be. How sure that would make me that I’m heading down the right path…
Or would it? Even with these tools, David asked his questions twice—probably because the answers he was getting weren’t the answers he wanted to hear. Go into battle? Yes. Will I be betrayed? Yes. No wonder that even with the Urim and the Thummim, he asked again.
Is God directing me with an answer that keeps me asking again? I don’t need Holy Dice to know that He often asks me to do things that I don’t want to do, and not to do things that I do want to do. Often the path is clear, but still I resist.
Live it like you mean it:
Is God giving you a clear answer that you’re not heeding? Is there something you feel you should do that you’re avoiding? Or something you feel you shouldn’t be messing with that you are doing?
Make the decision to head down God’s road today. Discern your first step, and take it. Write a to-do in your planner. Schedule a time to get started on your calendar. Be intentional about listening to God’s directions.
Recently I found myself resisting the steps I need to take toward my next book…really resisting, and praying about the same things over and over. I need to stop asking about it and get doing. So here I go.
Lift it up:
Lord, I’m sorry that I resist Your call when it’s hard or even uncomfortable. I know that Your plan for me is the best, for me personally and for Your Kingdom. Please point me down a clear path and create in me a clean heart of obedience. Amen.
Tell Me About It:
I’d sure be encouraged to hear how you’re facing a truth today…
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