1 Chronicles 14:13-17 Inquire | Watch | Action Learning anew the old ways of Kingdom Life
How do you go about decision-making? Do you ask the Lord before making decisions, or do you just wing it. Do you rely on a hunch or a gut felling? I would assume that most of you reading this blog post take very seriously these words – “in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” Unfortunately, many believers don’t have that much patience to acknowledge the Lord in anything. In 1 chronicles 14:14 we find this really great example of David seeking guidance from the Lord about the way he should take. What a great example:
And when David again inquired of God,
It is not clear how David inquired of the Lord, since Abiathar did not come until David was already in Keilah (1 Sam. 23:2, 6). Perhaps he inquired through the prophet Gad (cf. 22:5). But we can confidently say that he inquired of the Lord directly in prayer. Unfortunately, this old fashion kingdom lifestyle has been abuse so much that many Christians choose to ignore it:
Lord what should I eat today? What should I wear today? Should I take this taxi or should I wait for a bus… oh maybe I should buy a car today?
Don’t get me wrong, God wants to play a part in the little things in our lives, but he is not really concerned about whether you are wearing matching socks, or how you wear you hear. Willow Smith whips hers back and forth all the time and she’s cool.
This kingdom lifestyle is for serious matters not trivial things. It takes the will of God in matters of life very seriously. Just to name a few:
- Should I take this job in this or that city?
- Should I marry this woman or that man?
- Is the timing right to do this or that project?
- I’m I called to this particular ministry or that vocation?
- What should I do in this situation or that circumstance?
It also requires a certain kind of humility and discipline to see God’s will done in one’s life and not his own. Too often it’s all about self. My life, my way or the highway. We take the wheel of our lives and pretend to know what we are doing and where we are going.
- God said, “for “I” know the plans “I” have for you… than you will come seek me, and you shall find me, if you seek diligently
- God said, “if my people would humble themselves, seek my face and pray… I will listen and heal their land
- He said, “don’t say to yourself, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit. Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
There is this temptation for some to jump into doing things without inquiring of the Lord. For them, whatever feels good is good. Others jump into things just to try it out. If it works - good, if it doesn’t, well, try something else. On the flip side, there are those who just won’t do anything unless they see the handwriting of God in the sky. Until they see a sign from God - they say to themselves – “I am waiting for God.”
This kingdom lifestyle of inquiring of the Lord before doing things that will affect our lives and those around us. must also be approached with the right attitude, a sound understand from good biblical teaching and plain old common sense. For example:
- I don’t know it all
- I can make mistakes but God never makes mistakes
- I belong to him and he’s got a plan
- Not my will, but thy will
- I need to trust that he will guide and order my steps, even when I make mistakes he will keep me on the right path.
- I need to work with Him, listen to him, wait on him
- Heaven doesn’t necessarily help those who help themselves
- I rather be safe in His will than lost in mine
There are hundreds of reason why one should ask the Lord before making decisions. Here are a few. I must Inquire because I do not want to:
- regret living with the consequences of a bad decision…you know like Joshua when he failed to seek God first before entering into covenant with the leaders of the Gibeonites.
- waste my time going around the block again and again… one job to another, one city to another
- miss the opportunity God has for you… because an opportunity must be ceased in the lifetime of the opportunity.
- be out of the will of God… because his grace will only sustain me where his will takes me.
- unsure about anything… second guessing myself. I want to be confident even when I doubt and when things are hard and I begin to question if I really did hear from God.
- waste my life on things I was not destined to do… God put me here for a reason, a purpose