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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Judges 1:1 Seeking God’s Directions

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After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” Judges 1:1 

Every day billions of decisions are made by people all over the world. Some of the decisions are very major ones that can decide the outcome of the individual or even of nations, while the majority are minor ones, affecting only a few people.

With every decision there are at least two different choices to make, to do or not do something. After that, the possibility of choices is endless. The results of a choice can also be a simple effect or a major affect.

How people make the choice is different for each person? Some will actually toss a coin to make the decision. Others will seek advice from other people, read books or articles on it, or just wild guess the decision to be made.

Moses had been the one who started making choices for the Israelites, then it was Joshua. Now that both were gone, the Israelites had to make the choice themselves. The very first thing that they did was to ask God about the choices. The chose to let God make the choice Himself and then follow through with His decision.

Just as everyone else in the world has to make decisions, so does every believer. Individual all the way up to corporate level choices need to be made on a daily basis.

Unlike the world, however, the believer has One who can hep make the perfect choice every time. Every believer can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to guide them and every believer can ask God for direction. There is no decision or choice to be made that is too big or too small to ask God about.

You may have some choices to be made in the near days to come. Think about how you make your choice. Is it on your own or in the ways of the world? Or are you seeking God to guide your choice?

God knows what is the best choice to be made. Take the time to stop and seek His answer. It may be a choice that the world would also make, or it could be something very different. God sees and knows the big picture, so He also knows the best way to do things.

Take time today to ask God for direction. He is generous and will give it.

I pray today that you will seek God’s directions; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; that you will follow God’s directions in your life; and that God will reveal His great grace and favor in your life. 

Genesis 26:25 Build An Altar

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Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. Genesis 26:25

As people go through life, there are times that they go through some major event in their life that they want to remember. Often they take pictures or videos to remember the event. Some will write it down in journals to help them remember what had happened in the future.

Some of these major events may be positive events such as a trip, a marriage, a birthday, or a promotion. Other times these events may be something on the negative or sad side such as a death, a major move not desired, job loss, sickness or more.

Isaac had a major event in his life. He had been traveling along and chose to stop in Beersheba. As he had stopped there for the night, God met with him and told him that he would be blessed and his family would be increased greatly and that He would be with him.

Immediately Isaac built an altar to God. This was to help him remember what God told him and to keep his focus upon God.

An altar was a place where people could go and meet with God. It was the place to seek forgiveness for sins, or give thanks to God for blessings. It was a place that people could get close to God.

Since Jesus came, the physical altar is no longer needed, yet, an altar is still needed. Every believer needs to remember what God has done in his life. He also needs to stay focused upon God at all times. Building an altar in the heart, helps one to focus on God and a place to seek forgiveness and give Him praise. The altar in the heart can go with the believer no matter where he travels.

Take time in your life to build an altar to God. Have a place in your heart where it will keep you close to God and focused on Him and His desires for your life. This will also help you remember all that God has done for you and what He will do in the future.

At this altar, you can remember all the things God has promised you. You can remember the forgiveness He has blessed you with.

Do you have altar to God today?

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have an altar to God in your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; and that you will focus your life on God.