Monday, July 24th
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Howard, Teaching Pastor
As we pick up the story in 2 Samuel, Saul has died, and the throne of Israel sits empty. David has been anointed as the next king, so the obvious next move for David is to declare the beginning of his reign as king and begin leading. But notice that is not what he does. During this time of transition, David’s initial action is to seek guidance from the Lord. He understood that just because an opportunity presented itself didn’t mean it was of God.
For us, this is instructive in transitional seasons of life. Often, a new opportunity – whether it be a new job, house, relationship, business, or ministry responsibility – presents itself to us. When it comes out of nowhere, we often believe it to be of God and assume it is His will for us to walk through that open door. It might be, but we should take the posture of David and inquire of the Lord first. This may look like spending a few days fasting and in prayer, seeking wise counsel, and bringing Godly men and women into the process. If you have peace and direction after pursuing the Lord, take the step confidently. But if you do not, it may indicate that the new opportunity is a good thing but not God’s thing for your life.
For Today: Inquire of the Lord about the new opportunity you are considering right now.