Today I was reminded about how important it is to be prepared to ask, especially if you need or would benefit from asking for assistance. I was stuck with some paperwork and was asking for God’s guidance when I felt him nudge me to ask for some help rather than get all stressed.
I chose to listen to this guidance, swallow my pride and independence and called the person in charge of what I was doing and asked for their assistance. My fears said,
”you’ll look stupid, and they’ll wonder why you don’t know how to do this”, but when I called, they were more than happy to help and commented my questions had helped them know where they needed to update and amend their paperwork to make it easier to use.
In the Bible, King David also reveals the importance of humbling yourself and choosing to seek help and direction before taking a course of action.
2 Samuel 5:19 says, “Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines.” And the Lord said, “Go,” and gave David specific instructions on how to win.
Soon after this, David went into battle again, and rather than running headfirst into another fight; he chose to inquire of the Lord again.
2 Samuel 5:22-23 says, “Now the Philistines came up again and spread themselves out in the Valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.”
Rather than charging ahead with his plans, David chose to inquire of the Lord for new wisdom and strategy when faced with a situation. When the Philistines regrouped and gathered a second time in the valley of Rephaim, David could have easily assumed, “I’ve been in this situation before, and I know what God said last time; I’ll do the same thing.” But he took nothing for granted and inquired of the Lord again, and God gave him new instructions. He was to attack from a different direction, and God would work with Him in new ways. Rather than presuming he knew what to do, he stopped, asked and followed new instructions, and because of that, David continued to have great success.
Many circumstances in life are repetitious and familiar, and it’s understandable to think we would know what to do or what’s best every time. But David’s example is a wise one. As a seasoned leader, warrior, and King, he didn’t presume or lean on his understanding or get stressed when he was unsure but repeatedly inquired of the Lord before moving forward.
God always has a plan and strategy to bring success, but to access these plans, we will need to stop and inquire about Him so that He can give us fresh direction, new ideas, and guidance on where and how to get help if needed.
Today I encourage you to inquire of the Lord and to ask for help from others if that is what He thinks is needed. Don’t presume you know what to do because you’ve done it before, the circumstances seem familiar, or you feel like you should know already. Give God a chance to advise you of any new direction or strategy. It may be the same or something new, but allow God to speak, and he will lead in the way to go so you will succeed.
“Without counsel, plans fail, but with many advisers, they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:20 ESV)
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your opinions. With all your heart, rely on him to guide you; he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you lead and guide me on the way to go. Would you please remind me to inquire of you and not make my plans independent of You? Speak, Lord, I’m listening. In Jesus name Amen.