Let God Lead

1 Samuel 23:4 “Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him.”

David was known as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). As I continue to read through the book of Samuel, it is impossible not to notice a characteristic trait of David’s relationship with God. Multiple times we read David inquiring of the Lord before making any decision.

He frequently sought the Lord’s counsel and direction. The Lord’s guidance was what directed his steps. It is about nine times we see him inquiring of the Lord (1 Samuel 23: 2, 4, 10-11 and 12, 1 Samuel 30:8, 2 Samuel 2:1, 5:19 and 23, 2 Samuel 21:1)

There is so much we can learn from the life of King David. David did not have his plans made up, share them with God and asked Him to bless them, he truly wanted to know the will of God and did what God directed him to do. He was indeed a man who spent time with the Lord aligning his desires to that of the Lord.

Let’s just look into two of those instances when David inquires of the Lord.

First instance – In 1 Samuel 23:1-5 we read “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 inquires of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”

The philistine army were attacking Keilah and not David and his men. So why does David want to fight for them? Even though David was not yet appointed king, God used David here to serve as Israel’s protector.

During this time King Saul was still alive. While hiding from King Saul with that constant threat over him, David did not forget to fulfill and step forward in the path that God was calling him toward. His focus was not only on Him but what God wanted of Him and who God was shaping him to become.

For us: May we not wait for our circumstances to be ideal to step forward to what God is calling us toward. With whatever is happening around us may our focus not be myopic, but always look towards God’s plans and purposes for us.

We read on in those verses that although the Lord had given the green signal to go and attack the philistines, David’s men were afraid. They were in the wilderness on the run, fighting for their lives for a while now. It is natural to lose some confidence and allow doubt and disbelief to creep in.

Being in the wilderness/valley moments for a while can drain someone of their strength and resolve. And fear can find an easier way to take residence in our minds during those times.

When faced with a situation where fear and doubt seemed to be surrounding him, what does David do. Does he give in to that?  He turns again to the Lord, because he knows where he finds his strength – in the Lord.

For us: May we always turn to the Lord who is the source and sustainer of our strength. And however scary the situation or that which we stand against might seem may we remember that –

The reality of the situation does not dictate or limit the extent of the possibility of God’s power but God’s power dictates the possibility in an insurmountable situation.

The Lord graciously answers David when he inquired again on the same issue. The lord never tires of hearing from us. He welcomes our doubts and questions, all He wants is for us to turn to Him, so that He can speak to our hearts, teach us and minster to us.

Second instance2 Samuel 5: 17-25

David had been anointed King over Israel by this time. The philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Rephaim to attack David. David asks the Lord “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?

David did not seem to rest on his past victories. He did not let those victories make him believe that it was his skill and bravery that got him those wins. By inquiring of the Lord every single time, he acknowledges that He is indeed an instrument in the hand of God. Appointed to be King because it is God’s will and purpose for him. The victories are purely God with Him that enables and empowers him to do what he does.

The Lord tells David to go ahead and attack because the Lord will hand them over to David. After this defeat, the philistines once again come and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. David inquires of the Lord again. This time God gives very specific but different instruction on how to proceed with the attack.

In verses 23-24 we read “David inquired of the Lord and he answered ‘Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching on top of the balsam trees, move quickly because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the philistine army.”

A very similar situation with the philistines in the valley just like before, David could have assumed the philistines are Israel’s known enemies and God chose me to serve as king and protector so fighting them is a given. He could have gone ahead and battled in the same way as before. But he chose not to. He inquires of the Lord every single time. If David chose to act without inquiring the lord, he might or might not have won the battle but he would have definitely missed out on witnessing and experiencing the Lord going into battle ahead of them with His heavenly hosts (sound of marching)

For us: May we never jump ahead of God and miss out on our very own miraculous moments to see the Lord fight for us and go ahead of us with His power.

Like David, may our daily walk be characterized by prayer, may we desire and cultivate the habit of letting God lead, always inquiring of the Lord and wait upon Him to know His will for us.

God Bless.

45 thoughts on “Let God Lead

  1. Inquiring of the Lord deepens our intimacy with Him, May we like David refuse to assume that election gives us a go ahead but inquire to witness and experience God in our situations. Amazing read.
    Every blessing dear

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  2. Well… this is very relevant to me. The other day I realized that God is fighting for me. So, I guess that’s an “inquire of Him and let Him lead” message for me. That’s a very comforting confirmation. Thanks for being a messenger of hope, Manu. ❤

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  3. This post truly touched my heart. David is one of my favorite people in the Bible. (I imagine many would agree.) I love how humble he was. He always turned to the Lord and inquired His will first. He did what was right, even before his time came to be king. He sought the Lord’s loving guidance and protection in each situation. We can learn so much from reading about David. I pray that we all will be people after God’s own heart. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful message, my friend! ❤

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    1. I am so glad it did🤗. David is one of my favourites too. We can learn so much from him. I too pray that we will inquire of the Lord allowing Him to lead our every step.
      Thank you so much my friend, it means a lot. Have a wonderful weekend 💙🤗

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  4. The title alone speaks volumes – “Let God Lead”. Who else knows this world better than the creator himself? No one.

    This reminds me of Psalms 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”

    There’s so much blessing when we seek him in prayer and he makes his ways known to us.

    Thank you, dear for another utterance of the word as a reminder to always seek God and let him lead us instead. Very insightful, and encouraging 👏. Stay blessed 🙌.

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    1. That verse is just so lovely and so right for this topic.
      There is such joy and peace when we let God lead, but learning to surrender completely takes time and I sure do hope to grow in that area.
      Thank you Marie. Every blessing my friend 💙

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  5. “David could have assumed … But he chose not to. He inquires of the Lord every single time.” Yes!
    How many of us just run on “automatic” after a while? And you’re right, even if things go OK, we miss out on the blessing of seeing God go ahead of us. Great post, Manu!

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    1. Absolutely Ann. We do tend to go on automatic after a while and miss out on the so much more that He can do.

      On a seperate note- I think my last comments on your previous post seemed to have not gotten through. I do not know what happened there. I honestly am not the most IT savvy.

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  6. Thanks for sharing these examples from David’s life. We need to stay in close contact with the Lord, and not make assumptions but inquire of Him and seek His will in all we do like David did. Have a blessed weekend Manu! 🤗

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  7. Sister, as I’m reading I am there giving you some mental high fives. You expounded on David’s posture so lovely. I love the example you gave that David chose to allow the Lord’s guidance to direct his steps. This is certainly a lesson I want etched in the fibers of my soul.

    This however is my takeaway today, “The reality of the situation does not dictate or limit the extent of the possibility of God’s power but God’s power dictates the possibility in an insurmountable situation.” This here is a meal to last me for days 🙂

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    1. I so agree with you. I want to inquire of the Lord every step of the way too and not jump ahead of Him. It is a discipline I want as a part of me.
      Thank you sis. I always appreciate your thoughts and am blessed by your support and encouragement 🤗

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  8. Amen!!. I remembered doing a study on these chapters and this stood out to me about David – He never assumed for God. His life emphasized the lesson God was teaching me at that time “Being current with God – what is He saying now”. Thanks for sharing this, ma’am. ❤

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  9. Thank you so much for this lovely study. For me this was the right word today, what a blessing. I like how you highlight how we are to wait on God leading us in our life, this reminded me of psalm 23 where the LORD leads his sheep because they know His voice. May He bless you richly today sister.

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    1. Hi Antin, Firstly thank you so much for asking. It is such an encouragement to know that you look forward to my posts.
      I did not plan to but this week had family at home and so have not had time to dwell on a passage to study in depth. I did not want to put up a post just for the sake of it but unless I felt the inspiration to. So decided not to this week.
      I hope you have a blessed day.

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  10. “The reality of the situation does not dictate or limit the extent of the possibility of God’s power but God’s power dictates the possibility in an insurmountable situation.” Powerful truth for the times we live in, Manu. Thank you!

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