1 Chronicles 13-14, Consult With God
1. Consult With God About Your Most Noble Ideas (1 Chronicles 13)
2. Consult With God About Urgent Situations (1 Chronicles 14:8-12)
3. Consult With God About Familiar Situations (1 Chronicles 14:13-17)
1 Chronicles 13-14, Consult With God
1 Chronicles 13-14, Consult With God
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Well, as we look at first chronicles Chapter 13 and 14 this evening, I've titled The Message Consult with God.
God, one of the things that we know about David is his pursuit of God's hearts. Now just in the fact that we're talking about David means that things have changed.
Quite a bit.
From the last time we met in last Wednesday as we finished off the year we were at the end of 2nd.
Kings and that history changes quite a bit when you look at the timeline for these two books.
As I've mentioned a couple of times, the books here 1st and 2nd Kings and First second chronicles overlap in the timeline and in the events that they cover.
And so as we finished up second kings, we were right at the end of this major narrative portion where the nation.
Of Judah and the city of Jerusalem is conquered by Babylon and taken away captive.
Now we know there's going to be 70 years of captivity and then a return to the land of Israel.
A rebuilding of Jerusalem and a rebuilding of the temple, those things will get to as we head into Nehemiah and Ezra.
We'll we'll get to see those that that narrative continue on, but.
We finished off second kings there at the end where Babylon has conquered Judah. But now as we start first chronicles, we're going back and we're revisiting some of that same history. In fact, we're going back to King David, and so we're rewinding the tape 400 years.
To the time where David begins his reign and Chapter 13, here really describes it. The early parts of David's reign as he has just been pronounced king over the whole of Israel.
Remember he was king in Hebron just over the southern portion for seven years, but but then as he takes the.
The throne over all of Israel.
We get chapters 13 and 14 and so we're going to be picking it up again in the life of David and working our way through this timeline again.
This time we'll be focused on in Chronicles.
Really just the southern Kingdom.
Once the Kingdom split.
This kings went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth between the northern Kingdom and the southern Kingdom, and a lot of times that can be quite confusing.
Chronicles is actually a lot easier to follow because you're just following the Southern Kingdom, and so the the Kings who reigned there. So we're going to be recovering this 400 years as we continue on.
Reading through the Bible in three years and remember and refresh ourselves in many of the lessons that got taught.
As we were looking over those passages in kings.
But here's David.
He's the man after God's own heart.
And as I often share, that doesn't mean that he always had God heart.
But you could also think of it this way that he was the man who pursued God heart.
He sought to have you worked hard to find and discover.
The heart of God, and in that he provides for us, really a great model and example to follow to be those who, although we make mistakes like David.
Although we fall short and sometimes miss completely, the heart of God, but that we would be in this ongoing pursuit of wanting to know the heart of God and to hear God voice and to be in tune with what God is saying.
And so here we get the encouragement to consult with God.
And three points that we'll consider here in these two chapters three times, you might consider it, in which we ought to consult with God.
And so the first point we'll look at here in Chapter 13, and that is consult with God.
About your most noble ideas.
Your most noble idea is the highest ideas that you have.
The greatest desires you have that the desires of your heart that most closely align with the heart of God.
Consult with God about those ideas.
About those desires.
Here in Chapter 13 we find David.
With a noble idea, you might say it's the noblest of all noble ideas.
He expresses it in verse three, he says, let us bring the ark of our God back.
For we have not inquired.
At it since the days of Saul.
This is a noble idea, noble desire.
David wants to bring the Ark of God back to a central place for the people of Israel.
Remember the Ark of God?
It's this furnishing that God had caused Moses to create in the wilderness.
As he was instructing Moses on the furnishings.
Of the Tabernacle.
And it was this box that would carry the 10 Commandments, and later on the manna and.
Aaron staff that budded, and it was this remembrance of the things that God had done, but then this lid that sealed the Ark had two angels on it, and God said between the wings of those two angels.
That's where my presence will be.
That's where I will meet my people.
That's where I will be enjoying fellowship with them.
And so the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Tabernacle in the Holy of Holies.
It was the most important furnishing of the Tabernacle leader on the temple, and so it was the place that represented the presence of God represented God in fellowship with his people and and their connection to him.
And so here David is saying what we need is for God to be brought back to his rightful place.
For many years there has been this kind of disarray in regards to the spiritual state of the nation under King Saul.
But even before that we saw in first and Second Samuel that issues there with Eli the priest.
And during that time that the Ark of God was actually captured by the Philistines.
'cause the Israelites were using it as a good luck charm and not using the the instruments of God to fellowship with God as he had instructed.
And so they lost the Ark of the Covenant and through a miraculous chain of events God brought the Ark of the.
Covenant back to the.
Them, but ever since it's been back and all during Saul's reign, it's kind of just been off to the side.
Not much really happening there with the Ark of God.
The people not really having God as a central place in their life in the way that God had designed with the Tabernacle.
Remember, the Tabernacle was to sit at the center of the camp so that everybody would be close in proximity to.
The place of God, the presence of God and could come to enjoy the worship of God and offered the sacrifices and and all that went along with that.
But they've been far away from that for a long time.
They haven't really been walking in this kind of fellowship with God, but David here says we need to come back to that place to come back to this understanding of God needs to be at the center.
Capital of Israel now is Jerusalem, and he says we need to bring the temple or the Ark of God.
By inference, it's the Tabernacle of God eventually that will be placed there.
We need to to bring that into Jerusalem.
So that it's connected to our political life.
It's connected to everything that we revolve around, that it is the core of what we do and who we are.
And so it's a.
It's a good thing he's essentially calling everybody to come back to right relationship.
With God, he says we have not inquired at it since the days of salt.
We have not been seeking God.
We've not been really pursuing God heart.
We haven't been as a nation seeking out the the things that God wants from us and to do in us.
And we need to do that we.
Need to put God back in his.
What a great and noble.
Idea or desire that David has and yet here in this chapter we find that tragedy strikes.
As they seek to execute this idea and to bring forth this desire and bring the Ark of God into Jerusalem, verse 10 says.
Then the anger.
Of the Lord was aroused against Uzza.
And he struck him because he put his hand to the Ark, and he died there before.
Even though David's idea
Was in line with God's heart.
Did God want the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem?
You remember back in the Book of Deuteronomy, God kept telling the people through Moses over and over again.
There's going to be this place where I'm going to put my name and there you're to come and worship me, you not to worship me.
Well, you know all over the place wherever you're not to come and sacrifice.
Any way you want to, but all of the instructions of the law you are to do at this place, where I will put my name.
David searched it out.
Discovered Jerusalem is the place that God has chosen to put his name.
And so absolutely for sure God wanted the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem, absolutely, without question.
That's where it belonged.
God wanted to be put back in the central place of the lives of the nation of Israel.
It was exactly what God wanted.
But in the process of David trying.
To bring about this idea, this desire that was exactly in line with what God wanted to do.
Is struck down in this ceremony in this parade that is bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.
Now, this chapter really leaves the Y question unresolved.
As we continue on in the reading, chapter 15.
We find that David gets to the.
Bottom of it.
Later on, he'll understand we'll get a sneak preview right now.
First chronicles Chapter 15, as he gathers together the leaders again later on in Chapter 15, he says.
To the priest and Levite.
's You are the heads of the father houses.
Of the levite's
Sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the Ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it.
For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us.
Because we did not consult him about the proper.
Later, David realizes.
The problem is I did not consult with God.
We collectively he says to these leaders, we did not consult with God.
That although the end result was something that God desired, God also cared about how we got there and how it was accomplished, how it was fulfilled.
And we didn't consult God about how he wanted to do it.
We knew it was something God wanted to do and we were right in that.
And David does something good here in that he doesn't give up after, you know the the big failure that happens he.
He doesn't resolve it right away.
It takes some time for him to process what happened and to figure out and to understand what needed to be done.
But now he's going to try again in first chronicles Chapter 15, and then successfully bring in the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem because it is what God wanted.
But it's so important to.
Understand here and to take.
Even when we want the same exact thing that God wants, and when the end result is exactly in line with God's will.
It is really important.
That we consult with God, our noblest ideas, our highest ideals, are our desires that are right in line with the desires of God.
We cannot then just.
Do what we think is best because, well, I know my heart's rights. I know this is what God wants. I know this is something good.
But it's not just.
How it ends up?
How it is all along the way is important.
To God, and David realizes later on he calls the heads of the Levite's and the priests, and he says, oh man, we blew it guys. We didn't consult with God.
Now David did get some consultations.
Go back to the beginning here verse, one of chapter 13.
Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.
David wasn't just.
Being foolish and just run around and just like hey I have an idea and let me just go do it without seeking any advice.
He wasn't just.
Doing whatever he thought on a win.
He had an idea.
He was pretty sure it was in line with what God desired, and so he gathered together the captains of thousands and hundreds.
All the leaders.
Verse two and David said to all the Assembly of Israel.
If it seems good to you.
And if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in the land of Israel and with them to the priests and Levites, who are in their cities, in their common lands, that they may gather together to us.
Guys I have an idea. I think God's in this. I think this is what God wants, pretty sure.
Let me consult with you.
Let me run this idea past you.
Let me tell you what my plans are and what I'm thinking.
And let's see if it seems good to you.
And if it's of the Lord our God.
Let's see if you guys agree this is what God wants, that this is something that.
God would desire.
And so much so.
Let's gather together.
All the brethren to bring forth the fulfillment of this.
And then in verse four it tells us the conclusion all the assembly said that they would do so for the thing was right in the.
Eyes of all the people.
This wasn't David throwing off all counsel and saying I don't care what you guys say.
I'm gonna do what I want to do.
'cause I know I love God and so this.
Is you know what I think is best.
This is the whole gathering.
All of the leaders.
Including priests and levite's
Gathering together hearing this idea.
Hearing this desire.
Say yeah, that sounds exactly.
Like what God wants, everyone agreed.
If you took a vote.
It wouldn't have been a.
It would have been unanimous.
Everyone agreed this is the right thing to do.
And that that is a point to consider.
Even when everybody agrees, something is the right thing to do, I would suggest to you that we need to still consult with God.
You haven't done all of your consultation.
Even if you've consulted with the experts and those who you know are the most familiar, even if you've gathered together all the leaders and all the people, and even if everybody agrees.
We need to make sure that we don't forget to consult with God even when it's the right thing, even when everybody agrees.
Even when we know this is the end result that God wants.
Pastor David Guzik says a group of godly men with good intention would soon make a significant mistake.
Because they took counsel with each other, but not with the Lord.
That's a strong exhortation for the church board, right?
We can take counsel with each other.
We can consult each other and talk about and be in agreement on and understand.
This is a good thing that God would want.
But we can make some really big mistakes.
If we don't consult with God and we don't allow God to speak into.
The idea, the desire, the plans that we have.
This is really astounding as you begin to.
Think about all the good.
And positive things that are happening here.
First of all, he got all the leaders together and they agreed.
I could tell you gathering together leaders, it is not an easy automatic thing.
For all of the leaders to agree, that is, that is not going to happen as frequently as you might think.
But here all the leaders agree.
It's a good thing they're all in unison.
They're all in unity.
They're they're all joined together in agreement.
There's harmony, there's excitement about.
The things of.
God and the plans of God amongst.
And so they go forward, and they send the call to all Israel.
Verse five tells us David gathered all Israel together from shy horror and Egypt.
As far as the the the entrance of Hamas to bring the Ark of God from Kirjath.
And David and all Israel went up to cure Jerome, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the Ark of God who dwells between the cherubim.
Where his name is proclaimed.
This is a lot more extensive than the normal boundaries of Israel that we show.
This is all the.
Way down to.
Egypt and then all.
The way up to Syria up by the Euphrates river.
The the Hamas up there.
And so like this is this huge area this huge territory.
And David sends word to all those places and he says, come, let's bring the Ark of God.
And so now in its entirety, though the nation is gathered together.
And excited about God.
Now you look at that and justice right there by itself, you're like.
That must be something that pleases God.
That must be something that God is like excited about and jazzed about that people are gathered together to refocus their hearts on him and to put him at the center of their national life at the center of their lives and give him that proper place once again, that like this is a good thing.
That's happening as you look at this.
And there's worship going on.
Like worship that is unique and different than what we might have experienced before or what they might have experienced before verse 8.
Then David prayed and all Israel played music before God with.
All their might.
With singing on harps on string instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals and with trumpets.
Heavy Metal was born this day, right?
But for Jesus.
Well, not Jesus.
I guess they didn't know.
Jesus yet, but for God it was.
With all their might, it says like they were worshipping with everything that they had.
Now you can go down this list.
The leaders agree all of the people are excited and gathered together and they are worshiping God with all their might.
And and it would be easy for us to try to reason with God and say God look, even if you're not super excited about how they're doing this.
Like look at all these good things that are.
Happening, can't you just let this slide?
Does someone really have to die today?
Look at all the good things happening.
We would easily make that argument with God.
And yet verse 9 says.
When they came to China on threshing floor, uza put out his hand to hold the ark for the oxen stumbled.
Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Duze.
And he struck him because he put his hand to the Ark, and he died there before.
This whole parade is suddenly halted.
All of the worship, the singing with all their might, and the praise and all of the joy and excitement in the air.
Suddenly it's just dead silence.
And there lies uza.
And it wasn't just.
An arbitrary random accident.
It tells us the Lord struck him.
He died, God did it and everybody knew it.
Why would God do that?
Why would God?
Strike Uza down in the midst of all of this good that is happening, David seeking to do something good that we know.
Ultimately God wants and the leaders are in agreement and all the people are gathered and excited.
And there's this incredible worship going on.
Why would God do that?
One of the reasons is because he wants us.
To take note.
It's not just important.
How it ends up?
But it's important how we get.
There and he wants us to make sure we consult with him.
It's not just about the end result.
There's so many aspects to this account that are really important for us to consider and meditate on.
The problem was not that the.
We're disrespecting the ark.
To some degree, right?
'cause it's not like the the just you know, grab the cart pushed the manure off of it.
Alright, take the yard and put it on verse.
Seven tells us that they put it on a new cart.
They developed something brand new, created something brand new just for this purpose.
They were treating the Ark of God as special.
They were recognized.
They were giving honor to the Ark of God.
They were worshiping, celebrating.
They were all gathered together.
10s of thousands.
But they failed to consult with God.
Failed even to consult.
With the word of God.
We need to consult with God.
Many times that takes the form takes.
The shape of.
The principles that God has established.
In his word.
Now David could look at the situation and say, you know there's no specific verse about.
After hundreds of years.
Of the ark.
Not really having a final resting place.
And now when the place that God has chosen has been chosen and established, now here's the process, right?
If you go back to Leviticus and think about God laid out meticulously, all the details of here's how to do a sacrifice.
Is not familiar with any passage that says here is how to move the Ark of God from kirjath jearim to Jerusalem.
There is no specific verse.
About that specific use case about that specific instance.
But there is a verse.
That gives us the principle.
Numbers chapter 4 verse 15.
As God is giving the instructions about how the Tabernacle is to be transported from place to place as they move about the wilderness.
The holy things.
The furnishings of the Tabernacle were to be covered by Aaron and his sons.
The priests were to go through this process of covering everything, but then the sons of Kohath.
These are a family within the tribe of Levi, and so it wasn't just any Levite who was to participate in this, but specifically the sons of Kohath were to come in and carry them, and you are familiar.
The Ark of the Covenant, as well as all the temple furnishings, had the poles.
That were attached to them so that the priest could carry them on their shoulders.
God here says in numbers 415 they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die.
So the sons of Kohath.
They were the only ones who are allowed to transport these furnishings and they were not allowed to touch them Aaron.
And his sons.
Would touch them as they covered them and prepared them for transport, but the sons of Kohath they were only to carry the touch the poles and carry the Poles to move the furnishings from place to place.
Perhaps David knew this portion and forgot it.
Perhaps the priest and Levite's knew it, but weren't really thinking about it.
Or perhaps they just thought.
You know a cart seems like a great idea.
You know it's easier.
Holding a bunch of gold on your shoulders.
Rolling it on a cart that's so much easier.
This is new technology that we have.
Perhaps they knew it, but they thought.
Surely a newer, better way is the way to do it.
Not the older way.
But the newer way.
Instituting all these efficiencies that we have now, oh, it's so much more efficient, so much better if we do it this way and accomplish it this.
Ohh, I'd be so great.
Perhaps the new and disregarded.
What God had already previously said.
Or perhaps they had completely forgotten and they.
Were that far.
From the things of God we don't know.
But either way.
This tragedy took place.
Because they did not consult with God even though it was a good idea.
Even though it's what God wanted.
Even though there was this great.
Affectes with the worship of the nation and all of this that was going on.
They didn't consult with God.
I would pray that this.
Chapter this account would resound in our minds as a clear illustration of how much we need to hear from God.
It can be so easy when we know it's something that God wants.
It can be so easy when we know and believe it's a good idea.
It can be so easy when.
Everybody agrees with us and there's all this positive outcome that we can look at and it would be so easy for us.
Similar to what Diva did without consulting God?
What are your most noble?
Perhaps 1 Noble idea that you have one noble desire that.
You have is to see.
Somebody come to faith in Christ.
Listen, that's a noble idea, noble desire, and you know what God?
Wants that too.
But you also need.
To not just factor in the end result that God wants.
But you need to consult with God, God.
How do you want to do that?
What's the right process?
What's the right procedures here?
How do you want me to go about this?
And not to be too severe, but I would suggest to you that we can sabotage our own plans that are four good things that are four things that God ultimately wants.
We can sabotage our own plans on our own selves by not consulting with God.
And in some ways we're killing the plan.
We're killing the the work that we're setting out to do because we fail to bring God in in the planning stages and let him guide.
How to do it?
Later on God's going to do it, he's going to reveal to David he's going to show David he's going to teach David.
But boy, what a hard lesson to learn.
How many times do we want to learn this lesson that we need?
To consult with God.
Perhaps we have the desire for.
To come to repentance, to have a righteous nation.
Oh what a great desire grand desire.
I would suggest God wants that too.
But he cares how we go about it.
He cares how we.
Try to accomplish.
A call to repentance on a national level.
Have this great desire for your children to know God.
God wants that too.
How you seek to accomplish that?
Maybe as a worship leader, your great desire is for people to sing like they did.
With all their might.
And and you want them to to be just with great energy and enthusiasm.
Worshipping and praising God as you lead worship.
Good desire God wants that too, but.
How you go about trying to accomplish that?
Maybe your noble idea is.
To simply provide for your family.
Good thing God wants you to do that.
But how you do that?
Consult with God.
Except this is a good idea.
This ultimately is what God wants.
There's all this positive outcome that we can consider and reflect on.
It's very tempting and very easy to slip into automatic mode because we know.
This ultimately is something that God wants.
We need to be careful.
That we don't leave God.
Out, perhaps there's some things that he wants to show us.
Perhaps he wants to show us how.
Perhaps he wants to show us.
To step back, and even though we want it and he wants it.
There's a different time too.
Enact that plan and fulfill that desire.
Remember Peter was like.
Why can't I follow you now?
She said you're not ready yet you will.
Yet consult with God about your noble list idea as well. Obviously I think you could tell I can go on and on and on about Chapter 13, but still a couple important things to hit in Chapter 14, so let's dive into first chronicles Chapter 14 for point #2, and that is, consult with God about urgent situations.
Consult with God about urgent situations.
Verses 8 through 12 says this.
Now when the philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the philistines went up to search for David.
And David heard of it and went out against.
Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the valley of Rephaim.
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.
So they went up to ball Paris, him and David defeated them there.
Then David said God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a.
Breakthrough of water.
Therefore they called the name of the.
Place but all paracin.
And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with.
This is early in David's reign.
The Philistines hear that David has now been anointed king over all Israel again.
He was king over Judah for some time.
But now that he's taken authority over the whole nation, the Philistines say.
We need to do something about this and so they come out against David.
It says specifically they went to search for David.
And so he is now in.
A direct threatened.
They're coming out searching for seeking to strike, and to kill David.
As they do tells us in verse nine they make a raid on this valley.
And so this.
Situation intensifies, becomes more urgent.
They're not just out roaming the lands, they're not just out.
Searching for David, but now they're harming the people that David is now responsible for.
We noted as we were looking at King Saul back in Samuel.
That there was times where Saul was ignoring the attacks against the people, so that he could chase David, but it was solid responsibility to defend the nation.
And he was neglecting that. Well, now David's on the throne. It's his responsibility. Some enemy comes in and attacks his people. It's his responsibility to respond to that situation.
People are hurting.
People are suffering and and David can't just ignore it.
He can't just walk away.
He can't just pretend like nothing happening.
This is his job as king.
What is he going to do?
How will he respond to this?
Enemy that is seeking him and now hurting and threatening his people.
This is an urgent situation.
So what does David do?
Verse 10 tells us he inquired of God.
There's a little bit of discussion that Bible scholars would have over the sequence of events here.
Did chapter 14 happen after chapter 13?
We don't know.
First and second Samuel it's flip flopped these two events so we don't know if these are exactly in the right sequence.
As far as how they happened in chronology or not, but.
I would suggest.
Is throughout his.
Time running from Saul inquiring of the Lord.
It's his practice.
He forgot to do it in Chapter 13 because it was such a good idea and he knew it was what God wanted.
But here whether it was after that or before, he goes back to.
I can't just respond to this urgent situation, I can't just react to it the way that I think the way that I want to.
I need to let God guide me in this, and so he consults with God.
God, should I go up against the philistines?
Shall I go up now?
You could look at that and say that is an automatic answer.
These enemies are attacking your people.
It's your job to go up against them.
But David says.
I need to check with God about that.
God, shall I go up?
And then secondly, will you deliver them into my hand?
And understand that that could be yes.
And then no.
Sometimes we forget that about our consultation with God.
God might say yes, I want you to go to battle.
And no, you're not going to be victorious.
That is completely consistent with the way that God works sometimes I.
Mention that every time we go through the book of Judges where there is that it's laid out in Scripture.
God tells them to go and they're defeated.
And so well, then I don't want to listen to God.
Well, listen, God has your best interests in mind.
He's more interested about your eternal condition than just this moment.
And some battles are.
Best for us to lose.
In this case, God says, yeah, I'm gonna give you victory you.
Should go up.
And I will give you victory.
But the point to consider here is this urgent situation where it's so easy to react and so natural to just rush into what is the natural solution.
Like David, yes, you should go to battle.
You are king.
It's your job to defend your people and so you should go and mount a defence and attack the philistines in this way.
And although David wasn't afraid of battle, he wasn't fearful of it, he.
He wanted to make sure that God had a chance to speak his mind about it.
As we come to situations in our life many times our decisions that must be made urgently and sometimes there are situations that develop where we we have to do something.
We can't just sit there.
We can't pretend like it's not happening.
There's a lot of times where you you can't just sit and do nothing at the same time.
You need to make sure.
That you don't just react.
What is the natural response or the best response according to your own mind or the counsel you might seek, but that you give God opportunity?
To speak into the situation, you need to.
Check in with God.
In the accounts in second Samuel, we see that David takes defensive action.
And I think it's interesting because I would suggest this gives David an opportunity in verse 17 of Second Samuel 5 and says when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David King over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David, and David heard of it and went down to the stronghold.
So his first move, when he hears about the Philistines.
Is to go to the stronghold.
And I would suggest this is where David had the peace.
Of mind to be able to inquire of God.
He had to take a defensive approach.
At first he went down to the stronghold and maybe that's why they attacked the valley, 'cause David was inaccessible, right?
But but he went there to say.
OK Lord, what do you want me to do?
And so perhaps in your life you need to find a way to go into the stronghold.
And maybe that's just take a walk around the block.
Allow the Lord to clear your mind and inquire of him and say, God.
How do you want me to handle this?
Do I spend this money?
Do I not spend this money?
Do I sign this check till I punch this guy in the face, Lord, how do you want me to handle this?
Well the 3rd and final point to finish up tonight and that is consult with God about familiar situation.
Options, let's read verses 13 through 17, then the philistines once again made a read on the.
Valley, therefore David inquired again of God and God said to him, you shall not go up after them, circle around them, and come upon them in front of the Mulberry trees, and it shall be when you hear the sound of marching on the tops of the Mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle.
For God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the philistines.
So David did as God commanded him and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon.
As far as gieser.
Then the fame of David went into all the lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
Here the Philistines come back for round two.
It tells us again me to read on the valley.
The value of life in the very same valley that they were just defeated.
This is feeling very familiar for David same enemy.
It would be easy for David to go in with the same strategy.
I already know God already told me I need to go out.
The Philistines were in this valley last time, and God told me I need to go out against them.
Here are the philistines again in the same valley, so.
I don't even need to inquire of the Lord, I can just go against them 'cause I already know.
I asked God about this same situation last time and this is what God said and so now I can just apply that and go, because that's what God told me to do last time.
But verse 14 tells us David didn't do that.
He inquired again of God and a good thing he did.
Think about that, right?
If he didn't inquire of God.
Would he, would he have had victory?
We can't say for sure 'cause he did inquire of God.
But but to understand there's a risk.
If I don't inquire of God, I don't give God an opportunity to direct and redirect.
Then there's a risk that I'm taking.
The risk that we saw in Chapter 13 someone died as a result of David not inquiring.
Of the Lord.
David inquirers again.
And God says, I have a different battle plan this time go around the back of them and you're going to hear the sound on the top of the Mulberry trees.
And then that's my signal.
So you wait for my signal David, and then you attack.
From this alternate place, don't follow the same pattern that.
You did before.
Follow this new instruction that I'm giving to you.
Such an important lesson.
Consult with God about familiar situations.
It is very important for us.
To not just.
Assume that we have the mind of God for this current situation because we faced a similar situation previously and we know what he said back then.
Don't just assume that you know what God wants of you because, well.
Your cousin had a similar situation, and they prayed about it and this is what God told them.
And so now this is the word of God.
For my situation too, maybe.
Or maybe not.
Maybe there's a roundabout way that God wants to deal with the issue.
It's an easy trap for us to fall into doing what we did before.
I would always encourage our leaders here.
Make sure anytime we do any event that we're not just doing what we did previously, we just, well, we always do light tonight.
We're supposed to be light tonight, 'cause we always do light tonight and so we got to do light tonight.
Here's coming up again in October.
What are we going?
To do about light tonight, right?
And it can be just an easy pattern.
Do we want to do seek the Lord events again next year, bring in the new year like that?
Oh, it's a wonderful time.
Maybe God wants to do that again.
Or maybe God wants to do something differently.
Making family decisions.
When we're dealing with our careers and provision when we're giving advice to others, we need to be very careful.
About those familiar situations, again, 'cause it can seem so easy.
We already know.
Even though we wouldn't intentionally do it that way, we're not thinking about like it would be so efficient if I don't have to pray about this right?
We're not really thinking like that, but we can easily.
Fall into this mindset that, Oh yeah.
This is how God works.
This is how God what God says about this.
As often as we can, as frequently as we can.
To be consulting with God.
I want to finish with this quote from Damien College.
I really enjoyed it says everyone or everywhere you see the advancement of the Kingdom of God in the world.
It is because someone who is part of the advance is engaged in a personal relationship with God and is receiving instruction from God.
They are not working off a formula and that's the danger we easily can fall into the trap of thinking.
I've got the formula.
This is how God did last time, same scenario, same situation.
So I know.
Here's the formula.
Here's how God wants.
Me to do it.
Damian Kyle says listen whenever God is at work and he's doing something.
It's because people are connected to him.
Hearing from him, not because they've figured out.
Here's the formula.
Here's the three steps you need to take.
It's because they have a real relationship with God and they're consulting with him and I would encourage you to do the same.
Consult with God, even on your ideas that are the most noble, the highest ideals, the things that you know that you know that you know God wants, that end result.
Make sure that.
You consult with God, don't just do it.
Let him show you how to do it.
Consult with God about urgent situations when there's great pressure to make a decision to do something to go forward and, and you have to do something.
Make sure that you consult with God.
In don't allow.
That pressure to bully you to sidestep or to kind of do a shortcut and not check in with God and not hear from God about it.
And make sure you consult with God about familiar situations.
Don't just do what you did last time.
Check in with the Lord what does he want you to do in this situation?
Let's all learn.
To consult with God frequently daily continually, but I pray that you would help these pictures too.
Really be burned into our minds and hearts.
That as we make decisions as we make plans as we encounter situations that are engaged in various things.
Lord, that we would keep you at the forefront of our minds and our hearts, that we would be constantly seeking you, your will, your advice, your counsel, not just concerned about the end results.
Learned interested in how you want us to walk through?
The things that you've set before us.
And so load me your.
Word light our path step by step.
Keep us in the center of your will.
As we seek you.
And consult with you.
I pray this in Jesus name.