Reading: 1 Samuel 21-23
Summary: David soon learns that even those who would provide assistance to him are not safe from Saul’s fury, even priests of God. As David begins his life on the run from Saul, he finds many other troubled people are drawn to him and he becomes the leader of a growing group of people–his own private following army.
Do the Best You Know to Do
Do you have dreams? Aspirations? Goals? Are you on your way to achieving them?
Really? Or are you like most people who think about them and wish for them, but no real move has yet been made on your part?
Frequently that inactivity is justified on the basis of “waiting on the Lord.” It’s as if they’re expecting God to drop something in their lap, give them a discernible nudge when the right opportunity comes along or something like that.
It’s one thing to act like God plays no role in our lives and just barrel ahead with no regard for Him or His will. I believe the Bible has something to say about that (see James 4:13-17). It is another to just sit around and expect God to do it all for us.
Notice what David did when he had to run for his life from King Saul. He hid out at the cave of Adullam and when his family heard, they came to him there (1 Sam. 22:1). That was not a good place for his parents so he went to the king of Moab and said, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me” (1 Sam. 22:3).
David did not yet know for sure what God’s plans were. But David didn’t just sit around waiting. He did the best that he knew to do given the circumstances and his limited knowledge. He was confident that given time, he would better know God’s will, but for now this is what he would do.
Sure we would all like to possess a clear and definitive understanding of what we should do in every circumstance. Rarely are we afforded such a luxury. Rather, like David, we need to do the best we know to do in the given situation.
Don’t just sit around, get going!