Stop and ask. There is so much going on spiritually that we can’t see–we also have an adversary who is a deceiver!
1 My child, pay attention to my wisdom [ASK!], turn your ear to my words of insight…
There is quite a bit of precedent in the Word for us to consider:
- Sarai (Sarah), Abram’s (Abraham’s) wife, didn’t stop and ask the LORD before giving Hagar to Abram to have a child (Genesis 16).
- Joshua didn’t stop and ask when going up to take Ai (Joshua 7).
- Joshua didn’t stop and ask concerning the Gibeonites and their deception (Joshua 9).
- King David didn’t stop and ask how he should bring the ark of God up to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6).
- Rehoboam (Solomon’s son) didn’t stop and ask concerning the advice given by the elders (1 Kings 12).
All of these people had major and long-term consequences:
- Hagar bore Ishmael, who became the father of the Arabs. Nuff said.
- 36 men were lost at Ai, a podunk town that should have been wiped out easily.
- The Israelites couldn’t rid the land of its inhabitants (which God had commanded them) because of the pact made by the deception of the Gibeonites.
- The death of Uzzah when the oxen stumbled and he reached out to steady the ark (it was NOT supposed to be moved on a cart, but carried by hand-see verse 13).
- The kingdom was ripped in two because of Rehoboam’s rejection of the good advice. He lost ten tribes that day.
What about us? What do we lose and what do we have to put up with just because we didn’t stop and ask? Christ came to earth so that we can inquire of the LORD all the time. He lives in our hearts and guides our lives–when we let Him. Let’s make a habit of asking Him rather than doing what seems good in our eyes. Remember that there is a lot going on spiritually of which we are unaware and that we have an adversary who is the Great Deceiver! He’ll get us every time if we don’t stop and ask the Spirit for instructions.
2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” Jeremiah 33:2-3
Abba, may I take my own advice. I really appreciate Your answer concerning a matter that had been consuming a lot of my attention; I have let it go and am trusting You for the future. I don’t need to “hedge any bets” concerning what is coming; You have the future well in-hand. Walking with You is fun; I’m glad You’re All-Patience as I pepper You with questions…! Lead on, Good Shepherd. I, your sheep, will follow closely. Amen.