The Will of God: A Portrait of David

Today I will like us to continue our discussions on the will of God with an illustration from the bible. Unlike many of our articles that have scripture references scattered in explanatory texts, this article will be the other way round. We will have short explanatory references and questions scattered in scripture text to stimulate thinking about the will of God. This is to help us understand the working of the will of God with an illustration from the life of David. Enjoy the reading!
2 Samuel 5: 17 – 25 (Net Bible)

When the Philistines heard that David had been designated king over Israel, they all went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress. 5:18 Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” (How do we react when the line of action in a situation seems obvious, do we ask the will of God or choose our own mode of action?) The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed hand the Philistines over to you.” (Though the Lord might give us obvious answers sometimes, other times his answer might just be the opposite)

5:20 So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there (Do we act on the will of God with confidence in him?). Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.(Do we remember to give the glory to God for the victories?) 5:21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men picked them up.

5:22 The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:23 So David asked the Lord what he should do (When the situation seems familiar do we still ask the will of God?). This time the Lord said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees (God might just have a different ACTION PLAN!). 5:24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively (And a different TIMING for the action plan to unfold). For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 5:25 David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer (When we act because God is acting, our victory is extensive and resounding).

I hope the Holy Spirit inspired you to receive in-depth understanding of our case study illustration. Remember to leave your comments, we cherish them a lot and do not forget,

The will of God in every situation consists mainly of three parts, the declared will (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when).


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