Inquiring Of The LORD
By Kim Jaquish
A little while back I was reading through David's life and because I read most of it in one chunk (I'm on this CRAZY reading plan right now), a particular word stood out to me because of how many times it popped up.
Gosh, it seemed like David never moved a muscle or did anything without these words coming first, "David inquired of the Lord..." Take just these two examples:
1 Samuel 23:1-5: Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
So here we have David who is on the run from Saul asking God whether or not he should go and fight against the Philistines. Now, I don't know your heart, but for me, I think it would have been pretty easy for me to be puffed up if I were in David's place. To think, "Yeah! We've got this! I mean, we've beaten them before, right?" And yet in humility David asks and then inquires a second time when his men aren't too sure it's a good idea. I love how David didn't react with fear nor was he confident in his own abilities. He simply asked what the Lord wanted him to do.
1 Samuel 30:8: And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
So to give you some context here, David is still running from Saul but now, while the men were gone, raiders have come to where he was staying and carried off all of the women and children, INCLUDING David's wives. And to top it off, the men are so upset that they are thinking about stoning David. So this is where I see some patience playing out. Because I think most people, if put in a similar position, would have immediately set out to get their family back! Think about your own life. When something goes wrong, is your FIRST reaction to seek God's face and direction or is it to fix the problem on your own? Yeahhh...
These are just two passages but there are many others! David faithfully (of course, not perfectly) asked God for direction in his life. (Oh, and by the way, whenever David asked for God's directions, he also then followed them.) I was so convicted by his example.
So before someone jumps in here and says we can't inquire of God because he doesn't speak to us, let me shoot that balloon down. I would argue that we have MORE revelation about God and more of his words than any OT person did. You probably hold God's words in your hands all the time without even thinking about it. You want to know how to inquire of God? Read. His. Words.
And then just like a child asks advice of her Daddy, we inquire of our heavenly Father.