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Guided by God


Did you know that the average man will travel 900 miles while being lost? A study sponsored by a company that makes GPS devices also revealed that men are typically the ones who refuse to stop and ask for directions. Many reasons have been suggested for this behavior. The most basic may be that it is humbling.

While on the run from Saul, David sought direction from God: “Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him” (v. 4). Today’s reading describes two instances when David asked the Lord to guide him. The means David used when deciding whether or not to defend the border town of Keilah is not stated (v. 2). But in the second instance, David sought guidance using the ephod, a tunic that the high priest wore (v. 9). This garment included a pouch for the Urim and Thummim, lots which the priest used to discern the will of God. Their exact nature is unknown, but some think that they were made up of two gems that rendered a yes or no answer. Using that information, directed by God, David eluded Saul. Clearly God was in control: “God did not give David into [Saul’s] hands” (v. 14).

After being directed by God to flee Keilah, David roamed the wilderness pursued by Saul. Jonathan found him there and “helped him find strength in God” (v. 16). Jonathan reminded David of God’s calling. But the people who lived in the desert of Ziph where David was hiding betrayed his location to Saul. This led to a showdown in the wilderness of Maon. Saul suddenly abandoned the assault when he received word that the Philistines were “raiding the land” (v. 27). David relocated to the strongholds of En Gedi.

>> Like David, we receive guidance from God in three major ways. First, God provides clear direction through His Word. Second, He guides us through wise counsel from others. Third, He often confirms His direction through circumstances.

Pray with Us

Praise the Lord! Even when we feel lost, He finds us and gives direction, and He always gives us second chances. Thank Him for His guidance today—whether through His Word, wise counsel, or circumstances.

BY Dr. John Koessler

Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

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