Ask and Wait
Please Tell Me
Scripture: 1 Samuel 23:10-11 LB
“’O Lord God of Israel,’ David said, ‘I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here. Will the men of Keilah surrender me to him? And will Saul actually come, as I have heard? O Lord God of Israel, please tell me.’”
As David’s life story unfolds, he finds himself in need of God’s direction and guidance over and over. Many times, David’s very life was on the line as it is in our scriptural passage for today’s lesson. David was desperate for God to lead him each day. This deep need drove David to seek God’s counsel – no one needed to prod David to pray over his day!
I realize that you and I don’t enjoy feeling “lost” when it comes to the decisions of our lives… especially the decisions we consider “the biggies!” To go for days… maybe weeks… not really knowing which way to turn. Yet, if we are honest, during these days of turmoil, most of us are praying with more consistency and fervor than in the “good times.” When we are in desperate need of God’s guidance, we seek Him with passion. From God’s perspective, which “side” of you do you think He wants most: the “casual” you… the “hit or miss” praying you? Or does God want the “passionate” you… desperately seeking Him on a regular basis? Could the answer to the questions of why God does not show us the way immediately lie within the answers to these questions?
There is no doubt that “delayed guidance” develops patience and endurance in our prayer life. If I ask you if you want to be a “patient and steadfast” Christ follower, most of you would say yes! David didn’t always get immediate guidance from God… nor will we. Don’t give up your passionate prayers for His direction for the decisions of your life!
Father, I will keep seeking and crying out for your leadership in my life choices. I believe you’ll answer at the perfect time! In Jesus’ Name, amen.