Today’s Promise is 1 Chronicles 14:10, 11 NKJV:
“And David inquired of God, saying, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?’
The Lord said to him, ‘Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.’”
David’s predecessor, Saul (God’s anointed), lost not only his kingdom, but his life at the hand of God because he did not know God as David did. David knew better than to rush in, letting circumstances and his emotions govern his choices and behavior. He knew that, while he was now God’s anointed king, he was still a servant to the King of all creation. David was not placed in leadership to serve his own purpose, but God’s. Therefore, unlike Saul who rebelled when God didn’t behave the way he wanted Him too, David didn’t make a move until he inquired of–and received–God’s direction.
When we presume to know God’s will for ourselves or others or seek guidance apart from God, we are in danger of being deceived. When we act on these presumptions or guidance without inquiring of the Lord and waiting on Him, we are in rebellion and, like Saul, we are in danger of losing everything. Fortunately, our God is merciful and, through the work of His Son, we no longer need to rely on prophets, teachers or preachers to know God’s will. As it is written in John 13:16, He has given us His Spirit for this purpose. It is up to us to cultivate the discipline to hear Him and faith to act on what we hear. It is up to us to know Him. Are you seeking and waiting on the Lord’s direction?
Heavenly Father, let me find myself on my face before You every day, worshiping and seeking Your will. I believe You have anointed me as one of Your royal priests, and I know that my authority and power comes from You alone. Help me, day by day to trust in Your will and timing, in Jesus’ name, and to not rely on my own understanding or that of other people. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!