Summary: Knowing God's will is an important learning for every child of God. Walking in flesh, self and pride is of the flesh but walking closely behind Him is the way of God.
1 Samuel 23:2”Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" And the LORD said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah."
David made multiple trips to his prayer chamber and got ‘confirmations’ from God before he launched out, unlike many of us who daringly move saying, ’I feel good about this’ so I am going ahead with this marriage. Today many marriages stand ruined, shattered and broken because they are cunning connived with gold, car, foreign assignments kept in mind, rather than God. Parents be ashamed today. If you were seeking a godly man, you would not be in a mess as you are now, we think of MONEY, GOLD AND FAT SALARIES….. the end is fiasco! Oh, how I wish our young men/women would change the trend of Indian marriages! Young men, you better earn and take care of your wife! Let the dowry system perish in the name of Jesus! Young women! Arise and stand against it. Let’s get into God’s word now…..
Friend, we have profound learning from this chapter, it would definitely bless those who are interested to dig deeper into the Bible for gold. Hear me please. In the previous chapter we see Saul murder 85 of the Lord’s priest and he is hounding for David’s blood, David is shattered by the news. Now, the next scene(chapter) opens with the people approaching David: “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors." Now, David did not send them back saying, “I’m upset and in no mood to help people, but I admire David arise to the occasion and pray to God for His will. A true warrior of God does not retract but he would interact with God for his people! Amen. David does not react emotionally and impulsively but enquires the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The Lord said, ‘go.’ Now, having been demoralized by the things of the past, the men connected with David had not come out of the mass murder of the priests, in the bargain they dampen the spirit of David too by commenting, "Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?" In other words they said, ‘when we are not safe with our own guys, how much more against the enemies’, David does not give up but goes again to the Lord in prayer and the Lord says, ‘Arise, go down to Keilah..’ Don’t allow anyone to thwart you but keep your focus straight on Him.
Let me take a digression here, when the Lord called me to Hyderabad, there were roar of voices trying to shout down the voice of God, I grit my teeth and stood firm in my decision; however, I did have my ample share of fear and apprehension of such a huge decision, because it was a time of college admission for my daughter. Friend, when you stand for God, never ever dream that people are going to appreciate you, stones would be pelted on you. I admire David for his composure, his dedication to God, his calmness in the midst of storm and the most commendable of all is his sense of duty in protecting his people. Look what followed: “David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.” The men of David followed the leader, despite their fear to fight the enemies, because they knew their leader was a man who followed the voice of God. Glory to Jesus! Youth leader! Can the people trust your decision and follow you thus? We are strewn with people around in the church who say, ‘Oops, I made a mistake’, or ‘ the devil took me in the wrong direction’…where did your brains go by the way???? Let us learn valuable lessons from this chapter which has been meticulously written so that we would be benefited, the fact is many of the Christians do not read the Bible but they are busy muttering some written prayer like a parrot and claim to be great Christians. THERE IS NO CHRISTIAN FAITH WITHOUT THE BIBLE. GET THAT CLEAR AND STRAIGHT TODAY. Friend, tell me, how can one Christian convert another Christian? This is crazy. That’s exactly how some feel. They say, ‘don’t tell me to repent, get baptized and read the Bible…I belong to such and such a denomination and I will never change.’ These are instructions from the Bible not from any individual. The Bible commands, ‘you got to be born again and a new creation! Read ‘Are you saved?’ for full message on salvation. Hear me please. Let nothing else crowd you when you worship Him, keep the family of Jesus outside your worship. He alone deserves to be worshipped. HE ONLY IS GOD! You don’t need any intercessor or mediator, He is your dad, mom and friend, that close…you get me. Let us worship Him in Truth and come out of bondages and rituals.