It may seem like the same issue or problem you are trying to solve, but assuming that you will solve it the same way may lead you the wrong way. It is important to turn to God to see how He wants you to do it this time so that you are able to learn the lesson associated with the situation rather than having to learn the lesson of needing to turn to God again.
Consider how David turned to God when going into battle.
10So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.” – 1 Chronicles 14:10
next time, rather than assuming…
14And once again David asked God what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. 15When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” 16So David did what God commanded, and they struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. – 1 Chronicles 14:14-16
Consider Gideon when he was selecting the troops to lead into battle and God’s selection method
“So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, ‘Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.’” – Judges 7:5
God worked through the pare down process from 22,000 to 10,000 when he offered to let those who were timid or afraid go home. He then took it from 10,000 down to 300 with the drinking test at the stream. This isn’t exactly what you would expect, however, God’s ways are better than our ways. His ways are higher than our ways. So we need to turn to Him for wisdom before we step up or step into any situation.
The other benefit this brings is that it allows God to get all the praise, the honor, and the glory when the victory is achieved.
We are living a spiritual life within a spiritual battle and so we need to be aware of the spiritual dangers around us. Because of this we need to be ready for the battle and while we are doing our work be aware of the works of the enemy trying to distract and destroy us.
Peter provides us the following:
6So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
10In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11All power to him forever! Amen.
So BE AWARE of the SPIRITUAL battle taking place around. Be looking out for the safety of those around me. Be responsive to God’s prompting and leading through it all. Ask Him for wisdom before you take action so that you walk in alignment with the ultimate plan. Trust in God! Don’t allow fear to rob you of God’s great promises and victories.
- God’s Word – http://bible.com
- TGIF – Today God Is First – God’s Selection Process by Os Hillman – Judges 7:5
- Fearful to Fearless – 365 Fear Nots : Verse of the Day – Joel 2:22-23
- Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. Help me I pray to accomplish Your will in everything that I say and do. Lord, grant me focus and wisdom in my work so that I can get it all done and accomplished to Your quality bar and for Your glory. Grant me wisdom in terms of what to look at, where to look, and how to present it so that it will shine Your excellence through my work. I lift up my family and friends and pray Your hand be over them today to protect and lead them in Your ways so that today in all that we think, say, or do, You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.