Read 2 Samuel 2:1-11
Inquiring of the Lord
After learning of Saul’s death, David consulted God on his next steps. He asked, “Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?” and, “Where shall I go up?” (2 Samuel 2:1). Previously, David asked regarding the Amalekites who had invaded Ziklag and captured David’s family, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” (1 Samuel 30:8). David came to recognize the wisdom in asking God how to proceed when it came to an important decision. We do not see that wisdom recorded in his flight to Achish at Gath; such actions put him in a precarious situation now that Saul was dead.
Because of his alliance with the Philistines, many Israelites did not trust David, thus he was not immediately crowned king over all Israel. “Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. Only the house of Judah followed David” (2 Samuel 3:10).
How important is it to inquire of the Lord? When we have important decisions to make today, we should weigh all of our options. Look at the positives and negatives of all aspects. Do not act too hastily. Ask for wisdom from God. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
God will not speak to us in the same way today as He spoke to David. There is no voice whispering in our ear regarding the path God wants us to take. We must use the common sense He has granted us and consider as many variables as possible when making a big decision. Perhaps we are considering a move to another city. We should research the spiritual climate and find out if there is a sound congregation with which to worship and serve. Certainly, we need to think about family and financial situations.
Don’t leave God out of the decision-making process. Paul said, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). David learned a valuable lesson the hard way when he failed to inquire of the Lord. He made rash decisions that delayed his ascension to lead all Israel. May we be patient in our decisions, inquiring of the Lord and using the tools with which He has blessed us to make wise choices.