this morning in my devotional i went through 1st Samuel 23:1-6

“…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.”

David asks God what to do. God answers him. David believes him the first time, but his men are a little doubtful. i would be too if it meant my life was more in danger if we followed those directions. so David asks again. and God answers him AGAIN.

i love that God was so evident and real in David’s life. and i love that David listens so well.

the study went on to eventually say:

“David did not ask God a second time because he doubted God, but because he needed to be certain. In the same way, you or I might ask God to reconfirm His direction-not because we doubt God’s Word, but because we question our understanding. To doubt God in the face of clear direction is disobedience, but to double-check our understanding and interpretation of God’s will is prudent”

(from Beth Moore’s David, 90 Days to a heart like His)

here David listens. truly listens to what God has for him. how often do we shut up enough in our requests to God to just listen? can we quiet our hearts enough?

David also proves something else:: David proves that it’s ok to question God’s direction.  sometimes we aren’t sure if what we heard is really right. did we just make it up in our heads? it’s OK to ask God to confirm his direction, because it was ok for David to ask.  if David was wrong he would have put all his men in more danger than they were already in. he would have led them to slaughter. so it was good to double check. He didn’t doubt or disobey. he just asked God to confirm his direction.

 i don’t think any of us are really in his exact situation… but all of our big decisions have consequences.  how often do we honestly seek God and pray for his direction in them? and how often do we listen? and how often do we double check it and then obey? just some hard thoughts for today.

{this is day 29 of 31 days of prayer! thanks so much for being here!

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