There are times in life when we can get ahead of God. We’re in the fast lane and don’t have time to wait on the Lord. We think we know what God has in mind for us to do and we proceed on our own. In the Bible there are many examples of the bad consequences when people went ahead with something without seeking God’s counsel. When God is not in our decisions, we find ourselves out there alone. In the Old Testament, David frequently sought God’s advice.
In 2 Samuel 5, even though David is anointed king, he continues to humble himself before God to seek the Lord’s counsel. In 2 Samuel 5:23 he “inquired of the Lord” about how he should respond to the Philistines who assembled against Israel in the Valley of Rephaim. David does not want to get ahead of God by deciding what to do on his own.
The Lord precisely instructs David on how he should attack the Philistines. God tells him when to attack and then said, “act promptly, for then the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines (verse 24). David does exactly what God tells him to do and he struck down the Philistines.
The key line here is “then the LORD will have gone out before you.” It’s important that we understand God’s plan and the preparations he makes ahead of us for our life. As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, it was important for them to follow God’s lead. “Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared (Exodus 23:20).” God goes ahead of us, making preparations, guarding us along the way.
As we journey along the road of life, remember to stay in close contact with God. Let Jesus guide your steps each day. “Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16).” Each step you take is important, even if you think it’s too small to matter.
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The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24
Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way? – Proverbs 20:24