A New Direction

2 Samuel 2:1
And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

David found himself at a crossroads.  His life was going to be drastically different from this point forward.  Up until now, he had been running for his life from Saul, living a somewhat unstable life in the wilderness, trying to find the best place to go.  But now that Saul is dead, it is time to move in a different direction.  And when he needs to take an important step, he inquires of the Lord.  He doesn’t try to figure it out on his own.  And he doesn’t want to do something if it is not what God wants him to do.

In our own lives, we need to seek God in all of our crossroads to help us make the right choices.  There are so many different directions our lives can take, and it would be easy to get off-track if we didn’t seek God’s guidance to help us pick the right path.  There are things we can’t discern from our perspective.  There are things we can’t reason out on our own.  And it’s important to look in the right place for those answers.

God is aware of the different circumstances that come into our lives, and often He is the one who engineers them.  He had prepared David to be the king of Israel for years before he would sit on the throne.  He had been with David at every stop along the road.  And He would now lead him to the next right place to go.  And for us, God knows where we are right now.  He knows the path we took to get here, and He knows where He wants us to go next.  All we have to do is keep seeking His guidance, and He will show us the way.

God gave David a very specific answer to his question.  He told him exactly where to go, so there was no doubt about it.  God will lead us very specifically.  Often, all we have to do is ask for the path to be made clear.  May we trust God’s leading on our journey through life.  And may we not take a hasty step without first seeking God’s will for where He wants us to go.

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