God's Guidance From Moment To Moment

Monday, May 25, 2020

In 2 Samuel 5:17-25 we see David as a new king, facing off against the Philistines in two separate but similar encounters. In both instances the Philistines had entered the Valley of Rephaim as an act of aggression and in each instance David sought the Lord about what to do. God gave different instructions for each scenario in order to bring a victory. And each time David obeyed and won the battle.

In life and ministry, we often look for patterns, systems and policies that can guide our decisions. We see the same or similar circumstances and we apply a formula to it. It saves us from reinventing the wheel every time. We can think it makes us efficient, because it worked last time, it should work this time.

Now don't get me wrong. There is a place for systems and policies, they can help us to reserve our energy for more important matters. The issue becomes when we create a formula for something that is not formulaic. Or we create a permanent system for something that should only have been for a season.

I would be wary of applying formula and labels to people. They are unique and complex beings and while I understand the need for processes, those processes need to be covered in prayer. If we are simply ticking a box without seeking God for his wisdom, insight and grace, then we are not honouring people as Jesus did.

Be careful of how firmly you hold on to your systems, events and programs. Always be willing to openly review them. Periodically bring your programs before God and ask for his guidance. We can sometimes fall into the trap of making plans and then asking God to bless them, but never ask his thoughts about the plans.

David engaged with God for his guidance. We are at the great advantage of each having the Holy Spirit and direct access to God. And he wants to be your partner in your life, your relationships, your finances, your ministry, your work etc.

Take a moment this week to ask God if there is an area of life or ministry that he wants to speak into. Then listen for his answer.

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