I began college in the pre-med program. My first semester I was carrying 18 hours filled with biology, chemistry, calculus, and more. I loved it. A aprt of chemistry was the lab. We would all file in, partner up, and begin the assignment. Some days we mixed chemcicals. Some days we heated up stuff. One day, we almost blew up the lab.
Yet, one thing was always true. No matter the assignment, the outcome was already known! You see we weren’t forging new frontiers. We were learners. The professor had given us an assignment that had been done hundreds of times before. He knew what the outcome was. For us, it was something new. For him, it was routine.
Life is not like a freshman chemistry lab. We often get into routines and ruts. Our problem is that we expect different results!
The definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.”
In 2 Samuel, David has just been crowned King of all Israel. He has been King in Hebron for 7 years. Now he has come to fulfillment of God’s pronouncement years ago. He sits on the throne of all Israel. As is the custom, kings go off to war. He asked the Lord if he should respond to the Philitine aggression. God said, “Yes”. Daivd went and defeated them.
Here’s the tricky part! It happens again in the same chapter, but this time God directs him differently!! War was routine. War was the same. War had its rules, even in an uncivilized time and place.
Most of us like routine because it brings us comfort. However, if we are staying in touch with God we can be drawn off of the right path by our own ruts. Don’t dig in too deep!
Here are 3 things to keep in mind about your path and God’s directives:
1. Be inquisitive. Throughout his life, we see a repeated action: David inquired of the Lord. Before most decisions, David would askGod what should be done. Are you? Are you goin on experience? What if God wants to go differently? Are you goin with conventional wisdom? What if God wants to be unconventional? Are you basing your tomorrow on yesterday?
2. Be sensitive. Everything in David would have said to attack from the front rather than flank around to the side and back. We must be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit as we are guided through life.
3. Be decisive. God gave David a specific instruction. When he heard the sound of marching then he was to act. Too often, we might hear a word from God and understand it, but we are too timid. We are too fearful. God has given us a spirit of power not fear; a spirit of strength not timidity. It does not matter if your friends and family do not understand. If God has spoken, then act!
In what ways has God directed you in a unique way recently? Did you follow decisively?