Today you should read: 2 Samuel 2:1-11
David had just finished singing a song of lament over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. Now, he’s ready to leave the land of the Philistines and go back home to Judah. David sought the Lord for advice and acted upon the Lord’s advice to go to Hebron. The men of Judah anointed David as king of Judah. Then, they let David know that the men of Jabesh-gilead were the ones who buried Saul. This pleased David so he sent a message of blessing to the men of Jabesh-gilead.
Meanwhile, the commander of Saul’s army took one of Saul’s sons, Ish-bosheth, and crowned him king of Israel. So, David was king of Judah and Ish-bosheth was king over Israel. That’s the basic outline of this passage. Keep following 2 Samuel to see how the rest of the story unfolds.
Verse 1 stuck out to me today. David wanted to go back to his home, but before he just jumped up and took off, “David inquired of the Lord,” and asked specifically if he should go back to one of the cities of Judah. The Lord gave him the affirmative to go, so David asked specifically where he should go. The Lord told him to go to Hebron.
So, it’s that easy? Can I just ask God what to do and where to go and He’ll speak specifically and answer my questions every time? That hasn’t been my everyday experience. I find myself frustrated at times because I can’t seem to hear God or know what He wants me to do. I’d love to ask God, “How do I reach more families in Richmond and get them involved at CPC Richmond?” and hear Him say, “Well, Rich, just do this, say that, go here, do that, and, voila, you’ll have a congregation full of families at CPC Richmond!”
I realize I may not get specific details each time I seek God’s guidance, but here are a few things I learn from this verse.
- I must seek God for advice. “I have not because I do not ask.” David inquired of God about whether he should go to Judah. Sometimes, God does speak very specifically, but I can’t expect God to give me direction if I don’t ask for it.
- I must ask God for specifics. My inquiries of God should be very specific. David asked God specifically where he should go in Judah. I wonder if God gets annoyed with my very general, “Lord, please lead, guide, and direct me” tagline prayers. Maybe He desires me to say, “God, show me how to do this project at work, today.” Or, “How do I reach one family, today?” Or, “Help me to know the specific steps of faith to take to invite Jonny to church today.”
- God speaks in various ways. David was likely inquiring the Lord via the priest, Abiathar. So, God spoke specifically to David through the priest. Obviously, that’s not the only way David communed with God, and, obviously, there isn’t one specific way to hear from God. Sometimes, God will speak specifically to us through pastors and connect group leaders. He also speaks to us through the Bible, music, other believers, His creation, circumstances, etc. I need to learn to be a good listener in various circumstances.
Where do I need specific guidance from God today? I want inquire of Him and listen well.
Posted by: Rich Duffield