Lead Me Lord.

And David enquired at the Lord , saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. – 1Sam. 30:8 KJV

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David had done the unimaginable by seeking protection from the attack of King Saul in the land of the Philistines. Yes! The same Philistines that he had humiliated on behalf of King Saul and the Israelites on several occasions, but the Almighty God works in mysterious ways. He eventually received the favor of Achish, the son of Maoch, the king of Gath who permitted him to stay in the part of his land called Ziklag with his troops of 600 soldiers and their family members. He was to eventually stay there for a period of 16 months – 1Sam. 27:1-6 . It was therefore expected that David will join them in one of their perennial battles with the Israelites but despite his agreeing to go with them to battle (1Sam. 28:1-2), some princes of the Philistines objected as they could not bring themselves to trusting him when it came to a battle with the Israelites so he and his troops were excused from the battle – 1Sam. 29:1-11. They returned to Ziklag only to discover that the Amalekites had invaded Ziklag, burnt it down and carted away all the people and belongings of David and his men – 1Sam. 30:1-5. Although they were all affected and all wept for the loss, the people began to blame David for their loss and rightfully so too, after all he is their leader (1Sam. 30:6) and he sought the Lord for direction. Wearing the ephod and with the use of the Urim and Thumim ( Ex. 28:30), Moses sought clarification from the Lord on whether to pursue the Amalekites and even if he did that, whether he will be able to overtake them, a request to which he got a positive response for, from the Lord. He could pursue as he will catch up with them, defeat them and will recover ALL – 1Sam. 30:7-8.

This was all David needed as he indeed pursued, caught up with the Amalekites and recovered all that they took from them and more – 1Sam. 30:9-31. One begins to wonder why David had to seek the permission of the Lord before proceeding, after all he had everything he needed for the battle which is the skilled men and weapons, all within his reach. But he was wiser than to go to a battle simply because he felt he had all the physical weapons to prosecute a battle. He had won too many battles from the position of weakness, so he is aware that it is not about the weapons or the soldiers deployed. He knew that victory in all battles belong to the Lord and his presence must be sought for victory to be achieved.

This however remains the error of the Christian then and now. We do not see every act, especially those that will project the name of the Lord in our life, as a battle. Where we even see it as a battle, we focus on the wrong enemy, therefore the assessment of the capability of the supposed enemy is mostly under-rated. Rating the life battles of the Christian should never be done from the human perspective as the battle is not against human beings but the Satan – Eph. 6:10. The spiritual component of every battle should always be the foremost consideration in preparing for success. Whether seeking success in that business venture or victory in that battle being waged by Satan with the human enemy as a front, spiritual view must be the first consideration if victory is desired. This will be in the same format that David applied which is:
1. To ask the Lord if there is any need to be involved in the battle or not. It is not about being sufficiently positioned to win the battle but whether the Almighty God wants you to fight the battle in the first place.
2. To know if involvement will mean victory in the manner that man sees victory. The way God wants to win may not always be direct. He may decide to lose the immediate battle in order to win the bigger battle. It should be about what His definition of victory id and not yours or anyone else.

Any other approach will be a like going into water with hands and legs tied, eyes covered and a huge stone tied around the individual. There will be only one result which is drowning. Today many Christians are struggling for survival in the river of life. They are barely surviving and moving rapidly towards drowning simply because they did not ask those two basic questions from the Lord concerning their new project or the battle that they are facing. If you are already struggling to remain afloat, you may need to ask him in prayer for forgiveness, for going into a territory that you know nothing about but for those who are about to start a new venture or facing a new challenge, they are better off following the lead of David. No matter what the enemy may have carted away from you, the solution remains with the Lord. Go to Him in prayer not seeking that He implements your solution but asking Him for the solution that He has for your situation. In doing that, you will prevent loss in that battle and if you have already recorded losses, you will be able to recover all that you may have lost. May that be your testimony in Jesus name. Amen.

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