1 Samuel 14:36 Ask God First

Saul said, “Let us go down and pursue the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn and let us not leave one of them alive.” “Do whatever seems best to you,” they replied. But the priest said, “Let us inquire of God here.” 1 Samuel 14:36

Everyday people must make various choices on what to do or not to do. Most often people look at their past experiences and knowledge or those of other people to determine what they should do. Going off of what they know, most will make a quick decision on their own.

The Saul had made a decision to plunder the Philistines. His army was willing to follow him. However, the priest said that they should ask God first.

It is easy for people to believe that they know what is always the best choice to make. All that seen is the here and now in the moment and what appears to be the easiest or most profitable path to take.

While it may appear to be the best path, that is not always the case. People can only see the immediate and guess at the future results of a choice.

Believers will often be just like Saul and the world and make their own choice based completely off of their own knowledge.

Instead of being like the world, believers should first seek God’s direction and wisdom. God is more than willing to give His wisdom in any and every situation, if one is willing to seek it and adhere to it.

Unlike mankind, God sees the bigger picture and the results of every decision that could possibly be made in any situation. His decision will be made off of what is best for the individual, others and His eternal kingdom, so the believer should ask Him first for directions.

Throughout your life you will be faced with many decisions that need to be made. Be careful to not jump to some hasty decision based upon the ways of the world.

Stop and take whatever time is necessary to seek God’s choice of what choice needs to be made. Think about what God’s word may say about the decision and make a choice based off of His word. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right choice first.

Doing this will allow you to walk the path God has for you and have His favor upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God first in every decision to be made; that you will follow God’s directions for your life; and that you will see God’s wisdom in all that He guides you to do.

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