Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

Post Date:

Thursday, 2017-10-26
SCRIPTURE

From:

2 Samuel 5:22-25 (NIV)

Text:

 22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 23 so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 25 So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
OBSERVATION:
Through obedience to God, David had already defeated the Philistines in the valley of Rephaim. However, when their army returned to the same place, David didn’t assume that the instructions God had given him earlier still applied. He went back before God in prayer again. This time, and in spite of different instructions, David never questioned God, but simply obeyed. Let’s see if we are as careful to ask and then obey, even if the instruction are different the second of successive times.
APPLICATION:
We hear the stories all the time how habitual ways of doing something is the best way. Another common phrase, or piece of worldly advice is that: ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t try to fix it’! Words of advice from a mother to a daughter might be: ‘you can only cook that roast in the manner that I taught you, because grandmothers recipe always works’, however stoves/ovens have changed drastically since the old wood-burning stoves of our ancestors! Friends, church is no different, for we take on some of these same attitudes as just mentioned. The world of electronics and everyday life has changed so much over the years. So, considering some of these things that I have just reflected on, how likely are we to change our tried and proven methods. especially if it results in bringing glory to God? Some folk bring their old King James Bible to church to study from or follow with the pastor’s sermon, while younger generations might bring one thing with them – their cell phone, or a tablet. Can we appreciate both without being judgmental? Look at how much wars have changed. In older movies we see nothing but men on the ground fighting from fairly close range. Today we watch as missiles are fired from miles away and hit a target with precision. Would our military be willing to change their course of action when a general tells them that God told him to do this war quite differently, because He would guide and protect the army into unbelievable success. Really give some thought to what David did in this story. God gave David instructions and because he obeyed, the battle against the Philistines was a huge success. Not long after, the Philistines presented themselves for battle in much the same way and in the same place. Wouldn’t you assume that David would have looked to God and said: ‘OK God, I got this. You showed me how to do this successfully already, and I still remember all of the details’. That is definitely not the course David followed. Just like each day presents itself differently, David went back to God and asked for His approval and His directions. When given different instructions, there is no record of David questioning God. He simple obeyed, and was successful once again. Friends, we need to be very dependent on God. Let’s go to Him every day and on every subject. What worked for us yesterday, may be under totally different circumstances today. God knows that before we take time to ask Him. Seek His face and be obedient to His voice Brothers and Sisters. His decisions are not based on a spin of the dice, for He is God and everything He created is under His control. Work on letting Him be God, and you being the obedient servant. It works – every time!
PRAYER:
Lord God, the Creator and Master of this universe, including all human beings, thank You for accepting me as one of Your children, and for taking the time to listen and direct even me. In facing this challenging world, we are pulled in so many ways. However Lord, we know that only You have the keys to the kingdom of heaven and the answers to all of this old world’s problems. Please help us to remain faithful, and never take the chance of making personal decisions without first being blessed by Your approval and Your direction. May we once again today surrender all at Your feet and allow You to fill us afresh for all that we will face today, for I ask this in the precious and all-powerful name of Jesus, AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

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