Be Not Presumptuous, Seek Fresh Guidance


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

1 Chronicles 14: 1 - 17

Q.2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow? 

Q.8: Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better? 

Be Not Presumptuous, Seek Fresh Guidance

A mighty warrior like David who dealt a great blow to Goliath years back when he was younger would have seen the Philistines as easy target. Now with his ascension to the throne and a larger army, it would be tempting to just go to war with them. But he would not take chances. Compare the first and second battles with the Philistines (vs.11-12 and vs.13-15). What was the secret of David's victory in both battles (vs.10&14)? After the first battle, David did not assume that God had given instructions and that would always be the way to go. He is inquired of God each time. He sought God in the good and bad times. He depended on divine strength from God. Notice the difference in the instructions and subsequently the victories. He allowed God to lead the way and the victory was certain. Do we receive specific instruction from God for each challenge we face or think it is one size fits all? As a leader, David acknowledged the leadership of God over his life and the nation. How often do our leaders seek God over their assignment? 

So: Always obey God's command (v.16). 

Prayer: Lord, help me to always trust you for directions for every aspect of my life and for every battle I face.

Personally, I can refer to Judges 16:18-20, 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines,“Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. 20 Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you! He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I'll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Here, Samson is an example of a man who acted presumptuously and he ended up in the camp of his enemies. He shook himself free and went out as other time. Maybe Samson wouldn't have ended as bad as he did if he had called on God, and asked for mercy. Who knows, maybe he could have perceived that the Spirit of God had departed from him at that time and he would hide for his life.


Num. 17 - 19; Rev. 21

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