Believers and nonbelievers have something in common. They don’t understand what God wants. Why? People have different priorities. God made each of us unique. The Bible uses the term peculiar (I Peter 2:9 KJV). We are one of a kind, special in someone’s eyes. Strange in others.
David faced the same dilemma in I Chronicles fourteen—the Philistines. The neighboring adversary heard that David was the new king of Israel. So, they thought in his newness that he would not be prepared to defend Israel. The Philistines thought David would be weak. So, they attacked Israel. David asked the Lord for direction, should I attack the Philistines? God’s answer was a yes, and the Lord gave Israel victory over the enemy.
The stubborn Philistines decided to raid Israel again. David’s response was the same, ask the Lord. “What shall I do?” Our all-knowing God answered David with specific instructions this time. Circle behind them and wait until you hear the wind in the tops of the balsam trees, then attack. The result was the same, victory.
David’s secret is also our secret. Ask God for guidance and wait for his answer. Then proceed as he leads. Impulsive behavior may not render the best solution. Punishing the disobedient is God’s business. Don’t tread there without a Bible principle or direct encouragement from the Almighty.
These principles sound so simple. God works with simplicity and faith. Cooperating with God is always best. Independent thinking may be spiritual disobedience resulting in a catastrophe.
David chose to ask God for guidance, resulting in the neighboring nations respecting and fearing Israel under David’s leadership.
When godly people realize there is something special about how you follow God, they respect you. But the enemy will be jealous and try to sidetrack you, which is impossible if you listen to God.