Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 14
Two things jumped out at me in this chapter. First, is from verse 2.
And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. –vs. 2 (NASB)
David had the realization that he was king over Israel. That was a big deal in and of itself, but what stuck out to me is the very end of the verse which gives the reason for David’s kingship. God put David in his role “for the sake of His people Israel.” This was an all an act of God for His own sake.
God puts us in our positions for the sake of His people. In fact, he puts us in our positions for the sake of those who WILL be His people as well. Could it be that you are in your current position as a boss, an employee, a student, a parent, etc. for the sake of HIS people? Could it be that God knows exactly what He is doing by placing you where you are? I think so.
The second thing that stood out to me is from verses 10 and 14.
David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.”—vs. 10 (NASB)
David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.
When the Philistines were coming against David, he didn’t react out of pure emotion. He didn’t muster up the gumption to go fight. He didn’t flip out. He didn’t panic. Instead he INQUIRED of God. He simply asked God what he should do, and God told him what to do.
A great lesson for all of us is to inquire of God in all circumstances. When we are tempted to freak out because of a difficult situation, or when we get bad news, or when a threat comes against us, INQUIRE OF GOD first. Seek His direction. We are to inquire of Him in the hard times and the good times as well. God is faithful to respond in His timing.
How about pausing for a couple minutes right now to inquire of God about something specific today? Maybe you will have the privilege to hear from Him today.
Posted by: Rich Duffield