When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard [of it], he went down to the stronghold.
2 Samuel 5:17
David has been established as king over all Israel. It is at this time that the Philistines decide that they need to do something about David. So they spread out in a valley and David asks God what he (David) should do. God tells David to go fight the Philistines. David obeys God and is victorious. The Philistines spread out in that same valley on another occasion and David goes to ask God again whether or not he should go fight the Philistines. God gives David a qualified “Yes.” this time around, giving David tactical directions. David obeys again and is victorious again.
The story is straightforward. David is threatened. David asks God what to do. God tells David what to do. David does what God told him to do. David is victorious.
The same pattern has been true in my own life. When things threatened — difficulties, dissolution of relationships, temptations — and I went to God for the game plan, I found victory if I obeyed and stuck to the game plan that God gave me. I often point to the end of an engagement many years ago as a prime example of asking God what to do and seeing it work when I was obedient. When I obeyed and did what God told me, I had peace in the midst of a difficult time and things moved along better than I thought they would. When I disobeyed, I found the peace departed and things no longer ran smooth. Just as straightforward as this account from the life of David.
The application is just as plain: Go to God for the plan when things seem threatening then obediently do what God tells me to and I will find victory. Victory may not be the thing that I would prefer it to be — sometimes relationships need to end and my life needs difficulties to increase my dependence on God — but it will always be what is best for me.
Father, thank You for this reminder from David’s life that seeking Your direction and obeying Your direction are the keys to victory. Please keep me mindful of this and obedient to Your direction.