1 Samuel 22-23, When God Calls You To Live Dangerously

1 Samuel 22-23, When God Calls You To Live Dangerously
1. Leave The Place Of Safety When God Tells You To (1 Samuel 22:1-5)
2. Attack The Problems That God Reveals To You (1 Samuel 23:1-2)
3. Confirm God’s Will When Advisors Disagree (1 Samuel 23:3-5)
4. Run Away When God Has Not Called You To Fight (1 Samuel 23:6-13)

Pastor Jerry Simmons teaching 1 Samuel 22-23, When God Calls You To Live Dangerously

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from 1samuel on Sunday, October 3, 2021 using the New King James Version (NKJV).

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Well, as we look at first Samuel Chapter 22, as well as Chapter 23 this morning, I've titled The Message when God calls you to live dangerously and I want to ask you to think about living dangerously this morning. You know it's interesting because I think many times.

Much of our life and much of our focus in life is on working towards stability, safety, security.

We we work hard too.

Make really a comfortable environment for ourselves and we're working to be able to have peace.

We're working to be able to be settled in our hearts and and there's so much that we do in our personal lives and our work lives and the the things that we're involved in, the things that we spend time on.

The you know areas that we pursue in life many times are to help things settle down and to bring about that that security or that safety that we are looking for.

And of course there is room for God to do that in our lives, and for that to be something that we work towards.

And there's some wisdom and prudence, of course, in that as well, at the same time, I would ask us to look at the example of David and remember and reflect on the reality that there are also many times.

In life where God wants us to take.

Huge risks where God wants us to step out of the safety net to take away the safety net to go forward into dangerous territory to step forward into risky things that are unpredictable and could turn out quite badly and so.

Here in Chapter 22 and 23 we're jumping into the life of David in a time where he is on the run from King Saul, and in this time King Saul has been informed by the Lord that he is going to be replaced as king.

And so he's had his eye out for who was going to replace him, and not in a good way.

Not in a all right.

You know, I want to look up.

You know who that's going to be and train them up and prepare them to be.

You know the the King of Israel?

That that's not Sauls attitude.

He's looking out for the next king so that he can defeat.

That person in advance and put a stop to God's plan and what God?

As declared, and so when he identified it as David, he recognized really soon after David had defeated Goliath, and people started singing praises about David, saw his sling thousands, but David has slain 10s of thousands and Saul had his eye on David and he was.

Suspicious and accurately so that David was the one that God had mentioned to him.

And of course.

Saul didn't know, but a few chapters earlier.

Chapter 16 David had been anointed by Samuel at the instruction of the Lord to be the next king.

But it's going to be about 20 years before David goes from that time where he was anointed to where he's actually king, and there's going to be this time in this season where.

He is on the run from Saul and really his life is threatened continually by King Saul and Chapter 22 is right in the kind of beginning stages of that we saw on Wednesday in Chapter 19.

Saul's attempt throwing a spear at David that was the second time he'd done so, and David dodged it and ran out of the house.

And he began his fleeing from Saul at that point, and here in Chapter 22. We're still early on in that he's just left the palace a few days ago, and he's on his own until.

These people start to gather around him, but God going to speak to him as he finds some safety and stability.

God going to call him really out of that and call him to live.

Dangerously, he's going to call David to trust him in the wilderness, where as David described it, there's just a step between him and death.

He's right on the edge, right on the verge of some great disaster. But that's exactly where God wants him to be. And as we look at David's example this morning, I would ask you to.

Let the Lord remind you.

That the real goal in life is not to be in this place of ultimate security and safe.

But the real goal in life is to be right where God wants you to be, and sometimes that is going to involve living dangerously.

Sometimes God is going to call you.

He's going to call us to take steps of faith to take huge risks and like David to be in the center of what God has for us.

His plans for us.

Which, from the world's eyes or from our own eyes, might seem quite dangerous, but the safest place to be is right where God wants you to be, and so we're going to walk through four different things.

Here in Chapter 22 and 23 to help us consider when God calls you to live dangerously.

The first point we find here in first Samuel 22 verses one through 5.

And that is, leave the place of safety when God tells you to leave the place of safety.

When God tells you to.

Now again we work so hard many times to get to the police of safety, and so once we get there, oh, it's really hard to leave that place.

But sometimes God wants us to.

And God will tell us too, as he tells David here at the beginning of Chapter 22, starting again in verse one, it says David therefore departed from there and escaped to The Cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father house heard it, they went down there to him.

Between Chapter 19 and Chapter 22, David on the run makes a little bit of some bad decisions. He tries to run to the Philistines for a little bit, and that doesn't work out so well. They recognize him. He realizes his life is a threat or is threatened, and so he has to.

Not necessary that he has to, but what he decides to do is he pretends to be crazy and kind of flips out in front of the king and is driven out from there.

And so he's kind of gone.

This initial reaction, which was not.

Let's seek the Lord.

Let's see what God has for me.

It was just like panic.

Like I gotta get out of here.

And even if it's not the wisest choice, this is the choice that I'm going to make. But here in Chapter 22 we find David kind of getting back to where he needs to be.

And you know, sometimes that can happen in.

Our lives when.

There's a crisis whenever there is a dramatic change.

In our situation, our first reaction necessarily isn't.

You know this is what the Lord is saying and this is what God is leading and I'm going to trust him and go this way a lot of times.

Our first reaction is and we just like.

Do something without thinking it through all the way without really taking time to hear from the Lord.

And that is part of the human experience.

I think on many occasions, but here what we find.

This David, he's kind of gotten past that first initial shock of his situation, and now he's coming to grips with where he's at, and he's really getting back to seeking the Lord for what God wants in his life at this point.

And so here David is camped out in The Cave of Adullam.

Now there's a few psalms that are written during this time that go along with, and you can kind of see the journey of David from the the crisis panic at the beginning to the settled heart of this is hard, but God, I'm gonna trust you and I'm gonna be.

Led by you, and so if you want to dive a little bit deeper into where David's at, you can check out these songs. Psalm 34, Psalm 56, Psalm 57 and Psalm 140.

Again, that's Psalm 3456, fifty, seven, and 142. These are all ascribed to this time period, just before The Cave of Adullam, and while David is in The Cave of Adullam, you can kind of see the process as he goes from crazy panic to a settled trust in God.

And as he gets on the right track and it gets to where the Lord wants him to be, people start gathering to David versus family comes in verse one.

His brothers and his father house.

Hear about David and they go over to meet him in The Cave of Adullam and then everybody who's in distress verse two 400 guys come to David who are unsettled. They're messed up. They've got a lot of problems, but they go to David and they are.

Camped around David and named him their captain and so now he is going to lead these men now.

It might have been safe for David in The Cave for him by himself, but now he has his family with him and now he has a crowd of people with him and it's not really a safe place any longer.

There's too many of them to be able to.

Hide in a cave and so David is looking for another place of safety.

And he decides to chart a course to Moab.

Now Moab was a nation a little bit.

On the other side of the Dead Sea, from the Nation of Israel, and so you can see here, adullam is where David was and he was camped out there with his family.

With these 400 guys, but Moab is a little bit out of the way. You have to go either up over the Dead Sea or up down under the dead.

See that crossover to get to the other side, and so there was a bit of distance.

Geographically it was a place of safety in separating him from.

Saul, separating him from the threat because if Saul was going to attack David now, he was going to have to invade Moab, and so he's going to have to essentially declare war on another nation in order to get to David there in Moab, and so seems.

Like a safe place.

We also see him take his family there.

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So David is in Moab.

It's a safe place for him.

A little bit of separation.

It's a place where he can leave his family and and they can be safe.

Remember that David has a little bit of of Moabite.

Blood in him because his great great grandmother was Ruth the Moabitess.

And so perhaps there was some good still family relations there, and so he gives the the family over to the king and says I don't know what's going to happen with me.

Can my family stay with you?

And David camps out there in Moab as well for a while, and so seems like a good situation.

There's a little bit of safety.

There's a stronghold there.

Strategically, this looks like a great move.

Again, there's distance geographically, there's obstacles.

It's not going to be easy for salt to try to get to David in this situation.

But then verse five we find the Lord has his perspective on the situation.

Verse five says now the prophet Gad said to David, do not stay in the stronghold depart and go to the land of Judah.

So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth

So you can.

Kind of picture, David he is.

A little bit able to take a sigh of relief and go who?

OK, there's a little bit of safety here.

There's a stronghold here.

I'm not all by myself.

I've got, you know, my family with me.

I've got my 400 men with me. I'm in Moab. There's there's all of these great things happening for my safety and and for what I'm experiencing and the the dangers and.

The threats that were there.

But now the Lord speaks through the prophet Gad.

And says, David.

You need to depart from this stronghold.

I know you feel comfortable here.

I know it's safe and secure here.

I know things look strategically.

This is a smart move.

But David where I want you is in the land of Judah, now the land of Judah is where David came from.

That was King Saul's backyard that was the area where he would be under constant threat and where he would be pursued by Saul in and on the verge of discovery by Saul continually.

And so this is a strange request.

If you're just thinking about military strategy, right?

It's not.

It's not the smartest thing to do if you're just thinking about those kinds of things, but here the Lord makes his will.

He reveals himself and he says David here's where I want you to be.

Pastor David Guzik says GAD counsels David to leave his own stronghold and to go back to the very stronghold of soul.

This probably wasn't what David really wanted to hear, but he obeyed anyway.

David had to learn to trust God in.

The midst of.

The danger, not on the other side of the day.

The Lord wanted to teach David to trust him in the midst of the danger, and God planned for him was for him to be there in that place of danger.

He wanted David to live dangerously.

He had found a place of safety, but now God says that was good.

I wanted to, you know, protect your family.

That's great.

And it's good that you got to catch your breath for a moment, but this is not where I want you to stay.

Leave the place of safety David and go back to the wilderness.

Go back to Judah, where you will be.

In trouble.

And threatened and on the verge of destruction continually.

What a strange thing.

For God to ask.

And yet it was the best place for David to be right where God wants him to be.

I think there's a lot of areas of our.

Lives that we.

Can reflect.

On this idea of living dangerously on this idea of finding a place of safety.

We can look at our home.

We can look at what we're comfortable with as far as the Community that we live in.

We can look at our job and our workplace and what we're comfortable with and what we feel secure about in relationship to our job or to our income and our financial situation.

We can look at our church and think about what am I comfortable with with.

You know a church at gathering of believers and and I you know I like this kind of space and I don't like that kind of space for church.

And so I'm gonna settle into the safety zone of the things that I'm familiar with and comfortable with.

And we can think about the areas that we serve, the Lord and the ways that we serve the Lord we can.

Reflect on so many different aspects of our life, and again, so much of our life.

Many times is is working hard to to reach that place of not having to be concerned, not having to be stressed, not having to be worried about the things that we're going through that that place of safety that we want and we want safety in the home and safety.

In the workplace and safety in the church and safety in our service and safety.

In all of these different areas of our lives.

And many times.

God wants that for us also.

But at the same time we must not get to the place where we are so comfortable in the safe stronghold that safe haven that we've built for ourselves.

That we're not willing to leave that place of safety when God.

Speaks to us.

And here we find David.

The man after God's own Heart, not because he was perfect, not because he always had God's heart, but the idea is that he pursued the heart of God and he responded when God spoke and God revealed himself to David.

David wanted to be in line with what God said and he was seeking out the will of God in the plan of God.

And even if that meant not being.

So safe.

I showed a few weeks ago and I'll probably share a couple times.

I apologize, you know, sometimes I feel like maybe people get tired of stories about the life of Jerry, but it's the only life I'm really authorized I get.

I get Bible characters right and their accounts I I'm authorized to share their story and I know my story and I'm authorized to share that and I don't have a lot of information about Joshua.

Story, and even if I did, I'm not necessarily authorized to share, so my story right?

Three years ago, reading through the Bible in three years, we were in the same portion, watching David in the wilderness step between him and death, and.

That's where I was at.

Also, as I was reading through these things and emotionally, you know it was just a really difficult time intense time financially.

We were at a place where I had begun working freelance a couple years before and it started out great, but by this time three years ago there was.

You know not a lot happening.

Well, there was a lot of work required.

But there was no pay coming in, and so I was putting in tons of hours 60 hours a week in that that freelance work, but not not being paid for it.

And so we were living off of our very small savings and just watching it dwindle down month by month.

At the same time.

We were going through this process and just seeking the Lord Kim and I seeking the Lord together and really confident that this is.

This is not a place of safety, but this is where God wants us to be, and so watching the the bank account you.

Know get lower and lower and lower and lower.

This is not a place of safety, but this is where God wants us to be and and kind of the tail end of that.

We just had a little bit more left in the savings account and we just really felt compelled.

By the Lord.

That we need to go on a mission.

Trip, and so we went on a tour of Virginia and Texas and Okinawa and came back and after that then the Lord opened the doors at my current workplace, and.

Saved us from the disaster, but there was just financially a step between us and death.

You know the the the destruction was there emotionally there was a, you know, a lot of things that I was working through as well in that time and and so it was a place that.

Was not safe.

And yet, at the same time I so identified with David because it was exactly where God wanted me to be and I needed to be where God wanted me to be.

And there were lessons that I was learning in that time, that the Lord wanted to teach me and was building and working and developing in my life.

And so I come back and.

Begin this new job at urban surfaces.

It was.

A bit of a stronghold, an open door, a rescue.

It was a.

Praise report in so many ways.

Of course, in some ways it's a battle.

There's you know now, a more structured commitment of time and energy and schedule.

Working for an employer as opposed to doing freelance work.

But in some ways it was.

It was safe.

There was so much security and I would suggest I would say I didn't really run this by Kim.

But I think like working over the past couple of years at this place was really financially the first time we've ever been stable in our married life that we've had some stability and some safety, and some security.

In that regard?

Well then I showed a couple months ago.

Now I'm coming up about on three months in this new role and the Lord.

Really impressed upon me.

Made it clear I needed to leave the safety.

The comfort zone of the developers closet that I had.

Where I was.

Just on my own working on code all day.

And you know, I just did what I was told and wrote the programs that I was called to write.

And really, you know, just in a very safe space.

In that regard.

But now there's this opportunity to be a lead and to be in charge of people, and to have responsibility for decisions and directions for the company and all the stuff that I didn't want.

But God said I need you to leave the safety zone.

I need you to get.

Out of the closet and and.

And to go and fulfill this.

New role, it's a risk. It's dangerous. It's still a risk and I'm still trusting God for it and hoping that God's gonna come through in the end. You know, because it's just something that is way over my head as far as responsibility and qualifications.

But I could see God working through it all.

And where I need to be is where God wants me to be.

That's that's the safest place for me to be.

Even if I don't feel.

Safe, I can rest in trust in God brought me here, God put me here.

God has led me here and so I need to stay the course now.

Something you can pray about for me and something I'm praying about for me.

Is the future.

And I don't know how far into the future I'm praying about, but.

Expect there to be a time where verse five is fulfilled in my life again.

Where the prophet Gad comes and says do not stay in the stronghold to part and go to the land of Judah.

Right now my workplace it's not the safe place because I'm stepping out in this role and there's dangerous things, but over time, as God continues to provide and work, I expect it to be a little bit of a safe space and God is going to say, hey, it's a stronghold now and you're safe here.

And perhaps you need to.

Get out of that safe zone.

And when I first began at the company, it was really about.

Providing at all for our financial needs.

As time has gone by, the Lord has really shifted our focus.

So this is really about providing for our future needs.

And, you know, many pastors end up at the end of their life.

With having nothing to be able to live off of, but the words put up on our heart like the words provided this role and give it this opportunity so that we can prepare for that next season.

So we're, you know, working now to 420 years from now, but praying that God will, you know, use these things to accomplish his purposes then but.

What I expect is that there's going to be a time where God says OK.

It's not the amount that you want saved, but it's the amount that I want saved.

And I think you need to change your employment.

Jerry, and perhaps.

Go back to a much smaller income and back at living water and learn to live off that again, like you used to and be settled in that place and it's not going to be a safe space.

It's not going to be a lot of safety and.

I expect to wrestle with that I'm.

Not sure when that will be and if you know God will do that for sure, but.

I expect that.

And so I invite you to pray with.

Me about that.

Now I share all of these things with you, not because I'm the perfect.

Example and model.

But because I'm trying to share different aspects of my life to help you think about what are your places of safety?

And there are financial areas of safety.

Perhaps that God wants to call you out of and say you know what you need to take a risk and do something by faith.

Remember, faith is obedience to God at his word, so I'm not saying just take financial risks Willy nilly or just, you know, make up something.

Roll the dice and take a risk.

Not saying that.

I'm saying perhaps God wants to speak.

To you about something and.

And and you're resistant to it, you're.

Kind of holding back from it because, well.

It would require.

Leaving this place of safety and we worked so hard to get to the place of safety.

But maybe in your home life.

The way that you've been relating to one another, the way that you've been relating to your children or to the rest of your family you've you've been reserving yourself to a safe relationship.

And maybe God wants to.

Call you out of that realm of safety and to give you a more bold relationship with your family or a different kind of relationship with your family.

Maybe your workplace is a safe place, and perhaps the Lord wants to speak to you about making a change about taking a step in a different direction, maybe forwards or backwards.

Or sideways that that God wants you to do something different perhaps?

Again, we work so hard to get to a place of safety, and when we get there we want to just settle into that.

Don't change anything because OK, finally I can rest, and it's great and God gives us signs of rest.

But sometimes we need to be called out of that.

Sometimes we need to live dangerously.

To leave the place of safety when God tells us to now leaving a place of safety doesn't mean that there always will be safety, right?

The safest place to be is right where God wants us to be, but at the same time I I would remind us that.

Where God wants us to be is.

Not a safe place.

I was thinking about the apostle Paul with this and next Chapter 20 he's on his way to Jerusalem.

He's been informed by the Lord prophetically over and over and over again about the dangers that await him there in Jerusalem.

And Paul says in acts chapter 20, I go bound in the spirit.

To Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

But none of these these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the Grace of God.

Paul says, look.

I don't know exactly what's going to await me in Jerusalem.

But the Holy Spirit has revealed there's.

Chains and tribulations.

I know it's going to be rough.

God's not.

Sending me there so that he can preserve me and keep me safe from any tribulations he's sending me there and I'm going to experience tribulations.

But that doesn't matter.

That doesn't move me because what's important to me is that I fulfill what God has called me to do.

And I pray that you and I would take on that same heart.

That we would leave the place of safety when God tells us to whether or not that means there will actually be safety and security and that we can rest and know that no harm and no trouble and no tribulation will come.

But regardless of what the results are, regardless of whether we end up being safe or not.

Responding to what God says.

Leaving the place of safety when God calls us to live dangerously.

In the worst case scenario.

Leaving the place of safety.

Whatever that worst case scenario is that you can imagine you need to understand it's worth it to be obedient to God.

To let none of those dangers, let none of those threats let none of those peens move you, it's worth it to be obedient to God, and to follow as he calls you out of that place of safety, while moving on into chapter 23, we get the next point in verses one and two, and that is, attack the problems that God reveals to you.

Attack the problems that God reveals to you verse one and two for Samuel, 23 says.

This then they told David, saying, look, the Philistines are fighting against Kela and they are robbing the threshing floors.

Therefore, David inquired of the Lord, saying, shall I go and attack these philistines?

And the Lord said to David, go, and attacked the Philistines and save Kela.

Here we get to see David inquire of the Lord, and it's something that is recorded four times in this chapter.

David inquires of the Lord, and I would use this occasion to remind you.

You need to learn to hear from God personally, like David, did he sought the Lord over and over as different occasions are happening in different situations or developing here in this chapter he's inquiring of the Lord.

He's seeking the Lord.

He's trying to find out God.

What are you saying about this?

And in the midst of this situation, and it's something that.

All of us need to develop.

And and many times in our society.

As Christians we haven't had to.

It's not been such a requirement that we learn to hear from God.

Personally, we've been kind of in a comfortable space for Christians in our society.

It's been a long time where we've been a little bit settled and and it hasn't been.

Such a dangerous situation for us and so many have kind of gotten away with not really learning how to hear from God personally for their lives and and to hear the voice of God and allow God to instruct them and teach them on a very individual, individual and personal basis.

But but here, as we look at David, we see that he had this real connection to God.

And it's something that every one of us needs.

We need to develop this and it's not something that just happens automatically, but it is something that is developed over time that we deliberately seek to know God to hear from God, to hear his voice, to learn how to walk with him.

And maybe it's been safe enough for us to kind of just get by with hearing what other people know of God.

And hear about God and you know, kind of sitting in church without really having our own connection to God.

And it's been fairly easy, but.

As times change as things develop, we need to understand we always needed this, but but now it's not safe to really live that way any longer there.

There is a great need for you to learn how to hear from God.

Personally, the commentator FB Meyer says we learn here that those who are called to walk.

In the maze of human life, need to look constantly upward for direction.

Our eyes need to be fixed constantly on the Lord.

We need to learn to fix our eyes on the Lord and to find out God.

What do you want for my life and for my situation?

Now that this.

Happens here in verses one and two with David as he inquires of the Lord about a situation that is brought to his attention.

It's found in verse one they tell David look, the philistines are fighting against Kela.

Now, Kela was a nearby city.

It was kind of a border town that would be right next to the land of the Philistines, and so not hard to imagine the philistines attacking the city 'cause they were right there within their reach.

And so they're coming in.

They're robbing the threshing floors, the people of Kela are working hard for their food for what they need.

And the philistines are coming in and and basically raiding all of their food.

All of their supplies coming against Kela in this way.

And someone brings this to David's attention now. Whose responsibility was it to protect the cities of Israel from the enemies of Israel? It was King Saul's responsibility, of course.

The King Saul is preoccupied in his pursuit of David in his hatred of David.

He's not so concerned about fulfilling his role and responsibility.

He's he's out to get David, but somebody tells David David there's this town nearby that's threatened by the Philistines.

And I think it's.

Something interesting for us to consider for ourselves.

Something is brought to your attention.

It's appropriate for you.

To check in with God and say, Lord.

Did you let me become aware of this situation because you want me to do something about it?

When something comes to your attention when you notice there's a problem, there is an issue.

There is a need.

There is something deficient here or something that needs to be addressed.

Many times God opens our eyes to those things because.

He is wanting to bring us into the bringing about of a change, the bringing about of a solution. In that situation, I think the disciples with Jesus are a good example. In Matthew Chapter 14 when Jesus is going to feed the 5000 people.

But it starts with the disciples coming in and saying, hey, this is a deserted place.

It's really late in the day.

We should probably send the people away.

So that they can buy food because they haven't had anything to eat.

The disciples are aware of this need of this situation.

They come up with their own solution, but when they check in with the Lord, the Lord says I've got a different solution for you.

You give them something to eat.

The Lord has brought this here attention disciples so that you can be part of the solution.

The provision, the work that God wants to do in this situation.

And there are some things that.

Are brought to your attention some things that you notice.

Some things that you are told about, some things that you become aware of because the Lord says you give them something to eat.

And so maybe you notice.

Sound outside isn't working.

And so Richard was trying to give them something to eat.

Maybe you notice there's a need for this kind of person, or you know my neighbor seems to be going through this kind of thing and has this particular need or.

This person needs prayer.

This person needs the gospel.

There's situations that come to your attention.

And perhaps the Lord has brought that to your attention.

At the very least, you need to give God an opportunity to say.

Or do you want me to be part of this?

Do you want me to do something about it now?

The disciples, when they were confronted with this.

They were like how on Earth can we feed 5000 people? We don't have nothing.

5 loaves, 2 fish is what we found, but that's it.

How is that going to be?

Anything for this great need that is there and many times we can feel overwhelmed by the needs.

But in the example of the Lord, he has a way of multiplying.

He has a way of supernaturally working.

It's what spiritual gifts?

Are all about.

God supernaturally enabling us, taking simple steps.

Doing simple things.

But following God's instruction.

To meet needs and as we take those steps.

God magnifies those steps magnifies that provision so that it meets greater needs than we could have ever imagined.

Some things God shows you so that you can do something about it so that you can go to battle and work hard and risk things too.

Bring about a work of the Lord and a resolution for the situation.

Now sometimes God shows you things and allows you to see things so that you can do the long distance artillery in the battle that that you can pray for the situation and sometimes that might be the limit.

That might be the extent of God.

'cause I showed you this, I revealed it.

To you.

So that you can be praying be praying about this situation.

Sometimes God shows it to you because it's your boots he wants on the ground in the midst of that battle.

And he's saying go forward.

I will fulfill this need through your hand.

And so David inquires of the Lord in verse two, shall I attack the philistines?

And God says, go, attack the philistines and save Kela.

Now what if God had told David No?

David says, shall I go and attack the philistines?

It's conceivable that God could say no, don't do it.

That's not my.

Plan for you, not your battle, David.

I I think.

That's an important thing to consider as well.

Every need that comes to your attention is not necessarily your call from God, so it's not that hey, I see this need.

I'm aware of it, so that means I have to do something about it.

No, you see the need you're aware of it.

So that means you need to inquire.

Of the Lord Lord, do you want me?

To be part of this situation, every problem is not your problem.

And we need to be willing to inquire of the Lord and say, or hear from him, to say no.

I don't want you.

To be involved in that.

Attack the problems that God reveals to you.

Not every problem.

Don't run from all the problems, but let those.

Problems that.

Rise up the awareness, the announcement, the news of difficult situations when that comes.

To your ears.

That it prompts you to inquire of the Lord.

Perhaps God wants you to live dangerously and to go on the offensive.

Here's David hiding out in the wilderness, but he's contemplating going on the offensive and making attack against the Philistines.

And it's a dangerous thing to consider, and you can see that from his men reaction as we move on to the.

Next verse.

We get point #3 and verses 3 through 5 and that is confirmed. God will when advisers disagree.

Confirm God's will when advisers disagree. Let's look at versus 3 through 5 it says, but David's men.

Said to him, look.

We are afraid here in Judah.

How much more then if we go tequila against the armies of the philistines.

Then David inquired of the Lord once again, and the Lord answered him and said, arise go down tequila, for I will deliver the philistines into your hand.

And David and his men went tequila and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock.

So David saved the inhabitants of Kiyla.

David hears from the Lord as he gets news of the situation.

God says go fight the philistines, and so David turns to his guys guys.

The Lord wants us to go fight the philistines.

And they said, are you crazy look, we're afraid.

Here in Judah they say verse 3.

Like we're hiding, we're hiding for our lives.

How can we go to battle against the philistines like this?

Doesn't make any sense.

And So what do you do?

People are saying one thing.

God has said another thing.

Verse two God said, go attack the philistines.

Verse 3 David men say.

We're already fearful.

This doesn't seem like the right move.

We're not capable of this, we're.

Not equipped for it.

We're not able to go and be victorious in this.

What do you do in situations where?

People around you are saying one thing.

But God has said something different.

Now you could take the attitude that says I don't care what anybody says.

I know what God wants and so that's what I'm gonna do and.

I'm not listening to any of you.

But that would be.

Perhaps a foolish or careless approach to take.

David here, here's.

The response.

And so he says.

Perhaps there is a chance that my first impression from the Lord was not the most accurate.

Maybe I should consider and double check that.

I heard what I heard from the Lord.

And see so he inquires of the Lord.

Again in verse 4.

It's not a lapse of faith.

It's not a you know sin or something that David is doing.

It's a wise thing to do.

Listen your advisors, your counselors, the people around you are saying that looks.

Really like a.

Dangerous thing to do?

I didn't see it that way.

I mean I I knew there was risk but OK.

Yeah I I probably should check my heart.

What do you do when people around you say one thing and God says something else again?

You could say, who cares what anybody else says I'm going to do what God told me to do.

And it's good to be loyal to God above all others.

At the same time, we have to be careful to not be.

Unwilling to hear from others around us and unwilling to allow the counsel and advice of others.

To direct and shape us and to check our hearts into check that we really are hearing from God.

So you could say, who cares what anybody?

Says you also could quote the book of Proverbs.

And then let the people override your decision, right? Proverbs 24, six by wise counsel, you wage your own war and in a multitude of counselors their safety.

And David could have said I have 600 guys here. It's a multitude of counselors.

So the safe thing to do?

Heed their counsel and not go to this battle.

To immediately not listen to anybody.

Or to immediately receive the word of others.

Is a mistake either way?

Sets a good example for us in verse 4, going again and seeking the Lord.

Lord, do you want us to go?

Tequila to fight against the Philistines, and God says, yes, go.

He's open to counsel and advice.

From his guys, that's important.

He's willing to be obedient to God, no matter whether or not the guys are, you know, going to be.

Along with him for the ride, but.

But he is humble enough to accept the idea that, yeah, I might not have heard accurately.

I might have misunderstood.

So let me double check, let me confirm.

Lord, is this your will, my advisors, my counselors, people I trust in my life are saying something different than I think that you're saying, and so that's a good occasion for me.

Lord, I need to double check and make sure that this is what you want me to do.

Pastor David Guzik says wisely, David took the words from his men into great account.

He wrestled with their advice and saw that in many ways it made a lot of sense.

At the same time he knew this was an issue that had to be decided before the Lord.

And there are going to be times in our lives where God calls us to live dangerously where there's going to be tension to what people we know and love and trust, say to us.

And what the Lord says to us.

And we need to be careful that we don't just allow the multitude of counselors to dictate what we do.

We also need to be careful that we don't just throw out what people say so that we do what we think God wants us to do without any counsel.

Without any input, we need to find the balance in that tension of hearing from the Lord.

Hearing from people and receiving advice and counsel.

And then confirming with God, seeking out his will, and making sure that we walk in the path that he wants us to walk it.

A good example to look at without getting into too many details is Abraham and Sarah and Genesis chapter 21. Sarah gives Abraham some counsel and Abraham doesn't like it, but God tells him. Listen to your wife.

She's telling you the right thing.

But a few.

Chapters earlier in Genesis Chapter 16, Sarah gives some counsel to Abraham.

Regarding the maidservant Hagar.

Abraham doesn't clear that one with the Lord.

He just.

Follows the Council takes the advice and does it.

It was the wrong move.

So in one chapter he should have listened in one chapter.

He shouldn't have listened.

So how do you get to the?

Solution, how do you get to the formula?

For that well.

Again, you need to learn to hear from God.

Personally, sometimes the people around you are going to tell you exactly what you need to hear from the Lord.

And sometimes the people around you are not going to be in line with what God wants for you.

You need to be open and receptive and hear and and take advice.

But to not let it override, instead confirm God's will when there's a disagreement. When there's that tension, let God.

Clarify and re declare to you.

What it is?

That he wants from you.

Well, finally and we won't cover all these verses, but point #4 comes from verses 6 through 13 run away when God has not called you to fight.

I will read the verses and then we'll just touch on them for a couple points in verse six.

It says now it happened when Abathar, the son of a Hamelech, fled to David at Keilah that he went down with an ephod in his hand.

And Soul was told that David had gone tequila.

So Saul said God has delivered him into my hand, for he has shut himself.

In by entering a town that has gates and bars.

Then Saul called all the people together for war to go down, tequila to besiege David.

And his men.

When David knew that Saul plotted evil against him, he said to abathar the priest, bring the ephod here.

Then David said, O Lord, God of Israel, your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come tequila to destroy the city for my sake.

Will the men of Keilah deliver me into his hand?

Will Saul come down as your servant has heard?

O Lord God of Israel, I pray, tell your servant.

And the Lord said he will come down.

Verse 12 then David said, well, the men of Chela delivered me and my men.

Into the hand of Saul.

And the Lord said they will deliver you.

So David and his men, about 600 arose and departed from Kela and went wherever they could go. Then it was told Saul that David had escaped from Kela, so he halted the expedition.

David goes with his men to save Kela.

He's victorious.

God gives them victory, just as he promised.

And now Saul hears about it and says this is perfect.

He's trapped himself.

In this city, it's going to be easy for me to take him captive.

Now here we get to see a contrast to David.

And we get to see Saul's failure to know God's will.

In verse seven, when Saul is told that David is there, he says God has delivered him into my hand.

This is God's will. God has done this. This is God's work. He's using the name of God, the name of the Lord.

But not at all accurately.

He hasn't actually heard from God.

He doesn't know how to hear from God.

He's not receiving instruction from God.

Listen, I bring this up because many times there are people and sometimes ourselves where we invoke the name of the Lord.

When God hasn't spoken, we say God told me to do this.

God has done this in my life.

God has done this work, but.

We don't actually know.

We haven't heard from the Lord personally.

We don't know this is from God.

We need to learn to hear from God and not just use the name of God in our conversations and in our lives.

Now David, on the other hand, he hears about this.

He knows how to hear from God, and so he runs to the Lord.

Lord, there's this threat.

There's this danger.

There's this situation.

What do you want me to do?

Now a few verses earlier, God told him go fight the Philistines.

David perhaps would have been willing if God said go fight Saul, stand your ground, hold the fortress.

But God didn't tell him that God told him Saul would come.

God told him the men of Keilah would betray him and turned David over to him.

And so, in verse 13, David and his men.

Arose, and departed and went wherever they could go.

David was willing to run away.

I don't know if he was excited about this.

If he was happy about it, how he felt about it.

He doesn't tell us.

Pastor David Guzik says that David was a great warrior.

But he humbled himself and escaped.

He was not the kind of man to sneak away from a battle.

But he didn't let his pride get the best of him in this matter.

Something important to consider.

There are some battles.

Some situations, some problems, some activities.

That God has not called us to.

And perhaps it's an affront to our pride.

Perhaps we want to be the Savior in that situation.

Perhaps we want to be the one who brings forth the solution.

Who has the wisdom or has the right plan in course, and we want to be able to provide that.

But God hasn't.

Called us.

To every situation that perhaps we want to be involved in.

And there are many times where we just need to walk away.

God hasn't called me to that fight.

He hasn't called me to battle in that arena.

And so.

I'm just going to let it go now.

How wrong it was, right for Chela to disrespect David to be so ungrateful that they were going to be willing to turn him over to Saul after David just saved them like.

David could be upset.

He could be thinking about, you know, retribution.

He could be thinking about his rights or what's due to him or what's owed to him, right?

Like he could be eating it.

But no, he thought the Lord Lord, what do you want?

God said this is going to be a problem.

They're going to turn you over.

Saul is really, really coming.

What you've heard is true.

And David says all right, I don't want to cause harm to these guys.

Solid just previously killed all of the priests.

David understood Saul could do great damage, tequila.

I just saved them.

I don't want so to destroy them.

Maybe the best thing for me is to just walk away.

Run away retreat.

Oh, I can't retreat.

That's not a step of faith.

You know what?

Sometimes running away is a step of faith.

Because, again, faith, there's obedience to God at his word.

And something sometimes what God wants you to do is to walk away from a fight.

Walk away from a battle.

Don't stir up, don't provoke.

Don't try to force your rights or what you deserve or what you're owed.

Perhaps walk away.

How do you know?

Well, you must learn to hear from God personally.

When God calls you to live dangerously and he will, he will call all of us to take.

Steps of faith.

To take huge risks.

We can't do this in our own wisdom and our own strength.

We must learn to hear from God.

And sometimes God's gonna say fight against impossible odds. Sometimes God's gonna say run away. Sometimes he's gonna say leave the place of safety.

Sometimes he's gonna say run to the stronghold.

Sometimes he's gonna say attack that problem and head on.

Just deal with that situation confronted.

And sometimes he's gonna say just let it go and walk away.

Sometimes he's going to say something different than what our advisors are telling us.

We need to be willing to live dangerously.

But it needs to be rooted.

In hearing from God personally, if you don't hear from God.

Then you're not experiencing the Christian life the way that God intends.

You need to learn to hear his voice.

You need to walk with him.

You need to spend time with him and develop.

That sense sometimes there's things that are hard to explain, like how OK.

So how do I hear from God like give me the formula right?

OK, so here's what you do.

Take a pencil, put a paper, write down 3 lines.

No, I'm just kidding.

Like there's there's not a formula like that.

There are some basic elements that we can know.

God speaks to us primarily through his word, and so we need to be people of his word who know his word God.

Speaks to us personally by the holy.

Spirit and we need to develop.

That's a sense that we need to develop.

It's a it's a.

It's not the right way to say it, but hopefully it'll explain a little bit.

It's a taste you need to acquire, right?

It's like you need to like recognize that's the Holy Spirit.

Now I understand God is speaking to me through this still small voice as the Holy Spirit works in my life.

But God also speaks to us through other people prophetically, and so through the word internally by the Holy Spirit and through others prophetically.

These are the primary ways that God speaks to us about personal situations in our lives, and so we need to develop.

All three of these fronts and learn how to interact with the Lord and walk with the Lord.

Hearing from him personally through his word by the Holy Spirit and through others around us.

And that through that we can live dangerously and know when it's safe to leave the place of safety and know when it's right to go on the attack and know when it's right to run away.

To do what God has called us to do the best place for us to be the safest place for us to be is right where God wants us to be.

Let's pray.

Lord, we thank you for your word and the exhortation here.

God and I think.

There is some hesitation on our part and this idea of living dangerously.

Lord, it's not something we necessarily desire.

Some people get excited by it, but Lord, many of us, Lord, we would rather be comfortable.

We would rather be settled and safe, and yet Lord the best thing for us to do is to learn to hear your voice and to be right where you want us to be in the stronghold or in the wilderness.

In The Cave or in the tower.

What would you show us?

Would you teach us?

Would you lead us?

That we might know your will and your plans for us.

I pray this in Jesus name.