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
16 thoughts on “Passing God in the Fast Lane”
Wise teachings! The final verse taken from Proverbs is an excellent point. We can all do a better job of allowing God to lead.
Yes, each day we must be intentional in following God’s lead. Blessings.
Your post is one that should be embraced emotionally and well as intellectually.
Good advice. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
I am thankful He gives strength and peace to wait upon Him.
Good point. God’s strength and peace gives us the ability to be patient. Blessings.
The picture alone is one I’ll carry and contemplate. Thanks for the visual reminder to submit.
Yes, life is a blur sometimes. It seems God is easier to see when we’re still.
Oh, my, that’s a good one! How often have I received confirmation from the Lord, I know it’s the right thing to do, but I get excited and go before His timing! WAIT on the Lord! 😊
Too many times I’ve been impatient. Waiting on God is hard, but important. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
God has us covered from every direction!
“You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5
This reference brings to mind a motorcade—with a high value person surrounded by vehicles.
God often uses you to help me think more, CG. Blessings!
God is faithful. He is our fortress. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
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