1 Samuel 23:1-2 Seek God’s Advice

Seeking God

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.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2 

When people become very good at something or are very successful in an area, they become very confident of themselves. Until that point, most people are nervous and seek guidance and help. Once confident, however, they no longer seek advice or direction, they just go about doing things on their own as they think it should be done.

Pride rises up in self and prevents many people from seeking guidance or help. They are now ‘successful’ and no longer need anyone’s guidance or help.

David had become a great warrior, who was successful in every battle. He did not lose. Yet, when it came to fighting a battle, David would seek God’s advice as to what to do. He would not take the battle into his own hands, but left it up to God. God was allowed to make the decision of who to fight against and who to leave alone.

Believers can sometimes fall into this trap of thinking that they can do things on their own. God has given them success in an area of their life, so they now think that they can do it all on their own without God.

It is at this point that many will choose paths that God does not want them to choose. Opportunities will be passed up or deviation from God’s path will occur.

No matter how successful a person may be, he must realize that it is only because of God’s mercy, grace and direction. Without following God’s ways, one cannot please God. One might be successful for a short time, but in the end will fall short, because He is not really following God.

Every time that you have a decision to be made, stop and take the time to seek God’s direction in it. Do not be so self-confident that you do not include God in your decision making process.

God knows what the best action to do is better than you could ever possibly know. Let God make the choices for you in your life. There will be times when God says move forward, while other times He may change your direction or stop you altogether.

Seek and trust God’s advice in your life.

I pray today that you will seek God’s advice; that you will trust God’s directions; that you will not put all your confidence in yourself or others; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

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Acts 27:11 Who To Listen To

Fork In The Road

“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” Acts 27:11

Paul had been taken captive as a prisoner and was on board a ship full of prisoners headed to Rome. They stopped at a port and were getting ready to move on. Paul had a feeling from God that they should wait to move on, that if they did, the trip would have a lot of problems. They chose to not listen to Paul and went anyways. Later the ship was destroyed and they were shipwrecked on an island.

When a person needs advice there are instantly a thousand voices ready to offer advice and be heard. People everywhere have an opinion on how things should happen. Most of those people mean well in giving their advice. They are not trying to cause problems or harm.

Some of those people have a lot of experience in the area being dealt with. While others have very little or just book knowledge of experience in that area. Yet, people want to give their opinion and advice on how to deal with the situation.

The problem comes in that most of the world uses advice from a short-term, limited view of the full situation. It is all the person can see in the moment.

Believers can have a longer, more clear view of what is occurring, because God can guide them more perfectly. God sees what is ahead better than any person can see or know on his own.

God had put it in Paul’s spirit that there would be trouble ahead if they continued the journey. Later on there was great trouble and the ship and cargo was lost.

There will be times when you need to know what to do next. You will need advice on how to proceed in life. While it is good to ask advice from friends and people, it is best to seek God’s direction. When you ask of friends, try to make sure it is coming from a Godly perspective and not just the world.

It may make sense to move forward as the world will say, but there will be times God will say stay in place and wait. He sees the storms ahead and is there to protect you.

So who are you getting advice from?

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions in your life; that you will seek God first for all directions; that you will move in the direction God points you; and that you will know the path God has for you.