War Strategies

Devotional

Godly Decisions I – Who Are Your Advisors?


First read 2 Samuel 5:17-25.


We must make hundreds of decisions every day. This ranges from very trivial (“What am I wearing today?”) to very far-reaching decisions (“What should I study?”, “Who should I marry?”, “Which school should my children go to?”, etc.). 


David is described in the Bible as a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Why? Because he led such a sinless and holy life? Not at all. David was a murderer. That’s already pretty bad. What made him a man of God was his unconditional trust in him, and how he always turned back to him. David sought out God’s opinion and he knew that God always wanted the best for him. David knew the nature of God very well. This makes him a man after God’s heart. In our Bible passage, David once again asks God for advice. And his decision is not an easy one. This decision is about warfare, about existential affairs and about the life of many soldiers. Here David puts his own will and thinking aside. He simply asks God and does exactly what God instructs him to do. And even when he gets into the same trouble (v. 18 and v. 22), he asks once again. This is very remarkable. This is humility. Of course, he could have just done the same thing the second time as he did the first time. I probably would have done exactly that. And you? When making decisions according to the motto “whatever comes to my mind” or “What works once will also work a second time”.  How often do we really ask God for his opinion, in both “small” and “major” decisions? Don’t we often feel smart enough ourselves to make our decisions?


Now read Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 15:22 and 1 Corinthians 3:19.


Who are your “advisors”? Your best friends, your colleagues, your parents, your partner etc.? How close are they with the Holy Spirit and are they also able to take a stand for you in prayer/intercession? The fact is, God is the perfect advisor, because he: 1. has a complete overview and perspective, including future consequences, 2. knows us better than we know ourselves, and 3. he only wants the best for us and our success in life. David knew that. Do you already entrust God with every small decision of your life, or are you still wondering whether this God can really be trusted?


Prayer, Get Free & Next Step:


Do you believe that God really wants the best for you? If not, reflect upon your concept of God today, be honest before God and ask him to replace wrong beliefs with his truth.


What decisions do you have to make in the next two weeks? Write them down and submit them to God in prayer every day and ask him what he has to say about these decisions.