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2 Sam 5:17-20 & 22-25
17 Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; 22 Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 24 And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” 25 And David did so, as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
We are ready to dash in to the battle. We believe that we are responsive to the Lord and His direction in faith. But there are certain times in our life when we are in that level, but still we may find ourselves with lots of options. After we knew the will of the Lord, and trying to execute it in faith, we may find that there are many ways to execute the task. Now which way do we choose? To understand this, we have to understand God’s leading.
Imagine God’s will is like a fence that has a perimeter defined. Inside that perimeter, many tunnels lead to different directions. The end of most of the tunnels is still under the perimeter of that fence. There may be many routes or tunnels that can take you from point A to B. You can choose any one according to your best judgment, but God’s way and leading are more precise than what we think. He will direct us to choose one route or tunnel to reach point B. Why He is doing so? Why He is not allowing us to leave it to our best Judgment in choosing the route? This is where most of us missing God’s fine leading. God is still OK in your best righteous Judgment, but He wants His wisdom to be manifested in you so that you can be called children of Most High God. Daniel was seen apart from all the rulers and the satraps in the kingdom, because an excellent spirit was in him (Dan 6:3). Daniel’s Excellency was manifested among others, which made him to stand above par of the others when He followed fine guidelines of the Lord by dreams visions and interpretations.
If we look at the life of King David, he inquired God about everything he wanted to execute, even if he is going for the battle with the same enemy and same place. With his general best judgment, he can call his own shots, but he did not do that and relied on God’s wisdom and His approval before any tasks. That is why he is called ‘man after God’s own heart’. Both our general judgment and God’s fine leading may lead us to the same point B. However, if we still listened to God for that utmost detail and His fine leading, His glory will be manifested and His leading will stand above any man’s wisdom.