There is one major blunder ‘Christians’ commit over and over again – that is, they believe God is with them at all times ( which is very true) and hence they always take the ‘go forward’ approach when placed in a crisis situation. They do not inquire of the Lord who is always with them. Like I mentioned earlier – major blunder.
Let us consider Exodus 14, where Moses and the Israelites are in a ‘nowhere to go’ situation. They are now at a juncture where the Pharaoh’s army is right behind them and in the front roars the mighty red sea. Israel, if they chose to turn around, would have to confront the army of the Pharaoh; and if they chose to move forward, had to face the red sea.
If you feel that you are in such a situation, what do you do????
First thing that can be done – look for the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire that the Lord has places to protect you. Israel literally had these elements guarding them by day and by night. In your situation, they may be people, circumstances etc. This will strengthen you and help you take courage for what is to happen in the future (may be even foreseeable future).
The second thing is – Exodus 14:13 “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD….” . This is what Israel was asked to do. The only thing Israel was asked to do – stand still. Which means do nothing…just stand and see the deliverance that GOD will provide you. And the result of that was; the Lord opened up the red sea and Israel passed right through it. The sea did not swallow them, the army could not reach them… underneath them was the Lord’s everlasting arm….
Lesson learnt 1: Hand over the problem to God and stand still.
Let us consider another situation, II Samuel 5: 18-25
Here the Philistines have spread themselves on the valley of Rephaim and David inquires of the Lord. “Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand?”. The wise king inquired and God assured that He will doubtless deliver them into his hands. This was the first instance – a clear ‘go ahead’ signal.
However, in the second instance, v22 the Philistines have spread themselves on the valley of Rephaim again. Now David did not take God’s first assurance for granted. Thus, he inquired of the Lord yet again, though the situation was exactly the same. And this time, the Lord had a different strategy in mind – it was not the go ahead strategy, instead it was ‘go around behind them and come upon them over opposite the mulberry trees’. This was a major change in battle plan that the Lord had in store for Israel and it came to pass only because David inquired of the Lord in every instance.
One may be going through a problem that is repetitive, each time do not expect a ‘go ahead, I am with you’ answer from God. He may have other deliverance plan for you. Inquire of the Lord each time you are faced with the recurring issue.
Lesson Learnt 2: Inquire of the Lord in every situation.
May the name of the Lord be glorified!!!