2 Samuel 5:18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”
So often we are guilty of jumping into things without taking the time to seek God’s guidance. Even when we do pray, all too often our prayers consist of few short sentences which amount to little more than ritual or formality. Instead we need to be expressing our total dependence upon God to help us.
Why do we so often fail to pray and seek God’s guidance? Perhaps it is because we believe that the real work rests upon our shoulders. In other words, – why waste time praying when we can be doing? Yet we fail to realize that although a farmer may plow the ground and sow the seed, nothing is going to grow unless God sends His rain.
Another reason we are negligent to pray is because we assume that God is always going to bless us. A perfect illustration of this can be found in a man named Samson. The Bible says – “And he awoke from his sleep and said, ‘I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the LORD had left him.” (Judges 16:20 ESV) If you are familiar with the story of Samson you know that he was someone who toyed with sin. Yet what Samson did not realize was that his loose living was eventually going to catch up with him. Always before Samson could shake his shoulders and break the cords that the enemy used to bind him. But on this occasion the cords remained fast. Though it may seem to some that Samson lost his strength because Delilah cut his hair, in reality it was because the LORD was withholding His power.
The Bible tells us that we should seek God’s guidance in everything we do.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
David wisely sought God’s guidance before he entered into battle. Though as a youth he had slain a Philistine giant with only a sling, he knew that his victory had not come because of his own skill, but because the Lord empowered the stone.
“Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”