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Inquire From the Lord: He Has A Listening Heart And Will Answer

Inquire From the Lord: He Has A Listening Heart And Will Answer

To enquire into something one has to be very disciplined so that during the inquiry one can also have listening heart.   David, God’s servant had both an inquiring mind and a listening heart.   The writer of 1st Samuel records this for us, “When David was told, ‘Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,’ he inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ The Lord answered him, ‘Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.’   But David’s men said to him, here in Judah we are afraid, how much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!’   Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, ‘Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand”’ (23:1-4).

In the passage above we get an understanding that David sought the Lord’s direction before he embarked upon a journey in His name.   In other words, if the end result were to bring honour to God, David saw it fit to let God give His direction.   From the text, one sees that David disciplined himself to have listened to God.    This means clearly, that David took no chance [for chance is never on one’s side] in taking his concerns to God and waited for His response.   The mere fact that Abiathar, when he ran to David in Keliah for rescue (v6) brought the Ephod (which was a set of historical books, which contained the Urim and the Thurmmin, divinely ordained, a means of communication with God [see Exodus 28:30]) to David, is indicative of the fact that this was an official way that David listened to his God.

David listened attentively when it was reported to him that the Philistines were fighting and robbing God’s people in Keilah a city of Judea.   Before rushing into battle on behalf of His God, David questioned God as to His desire in the whole affair.  “Shall I go and attack the Philistines?” David asked.   The answer of the Lord came back to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”   This was a distinct voice from God to David to go to battle and be successful (v4).    Was this consultation a onetime event?   Certainly not, it was the habit of David, so much so, that when Saul the rejected King from whom David was on the run, heard that David was in Keilah, he thought that this was his chance to finally corner David in Keilah.   David did not give the devil his chance to be the star of a crazy lunatic like Saul.   David sought the Lord’s decision in the scenario and read the event for himself. “David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring the ephod here.” Then David said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account.  Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard?   O Lord, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the Lord said, “He will come down.  ” Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will surrender you.”

King Saul lost his Kingdom and reign because he did not seek and listen to God.  King Saul failed to be a responsible agent for God.   Instead, he became very haughty in his own conceit.  God sent Saul on a mission in the Amalekites land.   When King Saul arrived in the land with his men and his men began to disregard God’s command, it was Saul’s responsibility to seek the Lord’s Guidance.   Instead, Saul went along with his men’s disobedience of God’s command, to destroy the entire nation for their sins.     Here is Samuel’s advice to King Saul, “The Lord said to Samuel,   “I am sorry that I made Saul king; he has turned away from me and disobeyed my commands.” Samuel was angry, and all night long he pleaded with the Lord.  Early the following morning he went off to find Saul. He heard that Saul had gone to the town of Carmel, where he had built a monument to himself, and then had gone on to Gilgal.   Samuel went up to Saul, who greeted him, saying, “The Lord blessed you, Samuel! I have obeyed the Lord’s command.”    Samuel asked, “Why, then, do I hear cattle mooing and sheep bleating?”   Saul answered, “My men took them from the Amalekites. They kept the best sheep and cattle to offer as a sacrifice to the Lord your God, and the rest we have destroyed completely.”  “Stop,” Samuel ordered, “and I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”   “Tell me,” Saul said.  Samuel answered, “Even though you consider yourself of no importance, you are the leader of the tribes of Israel. The Lord anointed you king of Israel, and he sent you out with orders to destroy those wicked people of Amalek. He told you to fight until you had killed them all.   Why, then, did you not obey him?   Why did you rush to grab the loot, and so do what displeases the Lord?” (1 Sam. 15: 10-18).

Christians have God’s response when their hearts remain with Him.


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