Move in the Direction of the Holy Spirit
2 Samuel 5:23 And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
Sometimes we act based on what we think or on the expectation of others, but that will prove to be a mistake. We often do what we feel like doing, when we feel like doing it, but using that approach is how we make a lot of mistakes. One of the principles that the Israelites learnt immediately after they came out of Egypt was to only move when the cloud of His spirit moved. If the cloud stood still, everyone was required to stand their ground, but the moment that the cloud moved, all Israel moved in the direction that the cloud was moving. There were two interrelated principles that this section of scripture teaches. The first is to only move when God moves. Moving without God is attempting to do things in your own strength, by now you should know that this will lead to failure. Victory comes when we do it in God’s strength. God’s message to Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6 was “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. What God was telling him to do was to depend on His strength.
The second principle that the scripture teaches is to allow God to show us what to do. By going in the direction that the cloud went, the Israelites were allowing God to show them what they should do. Let God direct your every step.
2 Samuel 5:18- 26 shows why it is necessary to let God direct your every step. After David became king of Israel, the Philistines came against him, he sought the Lord about the matter and God told him to go up against them because He would deliver them into his hand. David did what the Lord said, and he came away victorious. To avenge their loss the Philistines came against David a second time and as was his custom, David paused to enquire of the Lord what he should do. This time around God gave him a different strategy. Instead of attacking from the front as they did the last time, God told him to attack from behind. However, he was told to wait until he heard the sound in the top of the mulberry trees before attacking because it was then that God would go before them and smite the Philistines. What if David had not gone back to God for fresh direction? He would have used the strategy that he used the first time and found himself defeated. In addition, because he sought God’s direction, he never had to do it in his strength. God went ahead of them and smote their enemies, which left them far less to do than if they attempted to do it on their own.
Don’t make the mistake of acting based on what you think or in accordance with the expectation of others, so much more will be accomplished by allowing God to direct your every step.
Life Application: Let God direct your step by continually asking God to show you what to do throughout your days and diligently seek God’s direction prior to making important decisions.
Prayer: Lord, May I never move unless you tell me to. I do not want to do anything without your leading. I trust completely in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.