31. Always turn to God

Last time we learned how David waited more than 20 years for the promise that he will become King of Israel to come to pass. And during that time he waited with a good attitude, he acted honorably and followed God in everything that he did. God also prepared him to be king during that time even though he didn't even realize it himself. It is such a valuable lesson for us today, especially if we are in a season of waiting to receive all that the Lord has promised us.

But the moment David was crowned as king over Israel, his enemy arose against him, the Philistines. And true to David's style he first enquired of the Lord whether he should go and fight against the Philistines. And God told him that he should and that He will deliver them into his hand. David was obedient and the Philistines were no match for him. With God's help, he defeated them. And David gave all glory to God:

"The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." 2 Samuel 5:20

Then the Philistines regrouped and came against David once again. David enquired of the Lord again; he didn't just assume he should attack as he did the last time. And he was right, this time God gave him different instructions:

"You shall not go up; circle around behind them and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines." 2 Samuel 5:23, 24

And David obeyed and he drove back the Philistines as far as Gezer.

David trusted in God inexplicitly and followed His commands to the tee. He did everything the way that God instructed him and it was wonderful to see how God just manifested Himself in a supernatural way. Wow. Imagine hearing God's army marching ahead of you to bring the victory for you. That must have been awe-inspiring. And why did it happen? Because one man was obedient to the Lord His God and sought Him and His will above all else. David was now king and that could have gone to his head, and yet he still humbled himself before God and followed Him and Him only.

The lesson for me here is that in the times when all goes well with us and when our dreams have realized, that we shouldn't turn our backs on God. We should still honor Him above all else and seek Him and His advice about every step that we need to take. We should never ever think that we have arrived and that we know best. I mean in my mind's eye it was quite obvious that David should attack the Philistines as they were coming for him. And yet David sought the will of God. So that serves as a reminder to us as well. Even if we think that the next step to take for us is quite obvious, we should still enquire of God and seek Him and Him alone.

Then of course expect opposition when you are exalted. People get jealous very quickly and want to drag you down to their level. But don't let it faze you. Be like David, seek the Lord and watch His army marching ahead fighting for you! David humbled himself before God and he was victorious because of it. And the same applies to you. Jesus bought the victory for us at the cross so that no weapon formed against us can prosper. We simply need to hold fast to God and trust Him above all else. We shouldn't try and take matters into our own hands, no, we should walk as the conquerors that we are through Jesus Christ. Allowing Him to manifest the victory for us. Getting even and defending ourselves only serves to exalt the ego. No, God wants us to exalt Him, to seek Him, to walk with Him and then victory will be ours without a shadow of a doubt!

Father thank you so much that Jesus bought victory for us at the cross. Thank you that we are more than conquerors because You love us. Hallelujah! We want to stay close to You, always and in all circumstances! Amen

1 comment for “31. Always turn to God”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 25 September 2020 at 10:08:08 AM

    What a wonderful reassurance that, if we wait on the Lord and trust Him explicitly, then He will help us to conquer all our enemies, our fears, our ucertainties!!

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