- In 1 Samuel 17 when David faces Goliath he didn’t just run out onto the battle field and begin to fight. First he talked with the men in the army of Israel. It seems to me that he was first trying to encourage one of them to trust the Lord and take the field. He talks with his brother, who totally didn’t understand David’s heart and motivation. Then word gets to King Saul. Saul tried to convince David to wear his armor, but the armor was not “proved” in David’s life, so he declined. Finally, David proceeded in the name and strength of the Lord! In fact, 1 Samuel 17:48 tells us that David literally ran to face the giant. And you know how that story ended.
- Another instance in David’s life where he was cautious was when the Amalekites spoiled Ziklag. In 1 Samuel 30 we see that Ziklag was a city that David and his men had made home. Their families and belongings were there and the Amalekites had come and kidnapped the women and children, taken all of their possessions, and burned the city. David and his men came to the city three days later and found that everyone and everything was gone! Instead of rushing headlong into the chase David stops. With his family missing, his possessions lost, and trouble all around David takes time to talk to the Lord and seek His will. Then he pursued, and God allowed him to recover all of his things and most importantly his family.
- On at least six occasions the Bible tells us that David inquired of the Lord before he went into battle.
David was not some rash wild man running in and out of this battle and that. He was a man who sought to follow God and do things in His time. Following God and being the man that God wants us to be requires taking time to “inquire of the Lord”. It requires caution even in circumstances that are urgent. Then, after we have heard from God, it is time to take the field of battle and trust the Lord.