Situation PrayerI am just wondering if anyone else has ever been in a tough situation, a battle of some kind, and how it was resolved. Then if there was almost a repeat performance of the same battle if you handled it the same way, or what was done.
When David was king of Israel, the Philistines were upset with him. This may have been because they thought he was with them at one time, and found out he wasn’t.
When David heard of the attack that was coming, he “inquired of the Lord”, and asked God if God would give David the victory, and God said He would. David went against the Philistines and got the victory, just as God had said.
2 Samuel 5:19-20 ESV
‘And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.’
A while later, the Philistines were going to attack David again. It would be so easy, and understandable to think, God gave us victory before when I asked, so if we do the same thing again, God will be with us, and we will again have success.
David did not think that way though. David again “inquired of the Lord”. This time God gave different instructions for the battle. Of course, since David followed the instructions of God, he had victory in the battle.
2 Samuel 5:22-25 ESV
And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
We will never know what may have happened otherwise, if David did not seek God. But we do know that David did have victory both times when he sought God before the battle. The attackers were the same, their strength was probably the same. David won easily the first battle, why would he not just go into the second battle with expectations that God would be with him and give victory? He walked close with God, and was in contact with God continually about all things.
Back to the top, in identical challenges do we seek God for direction? I believe this shows we have a need to seek God in all things. God is all knowing, and He directs us for our good.
This deserves serious consideration, and action.