WHERE SHOULD WE GO?
As we approached Fairfield, Texas, I realized that I did not have Robert’s address. Well, I had it but it was hidden in the secret places of my Smart Phone and I could not access it. When I tried to turn it on, it just had a blank look on its face. My Smart Phone was dead! I had tried to charge it all night but it would not take a charge. After we had visited my sisters and their families in Colorado, Cynthia and I were traveling to Fairfield to visit with her brother and his family. But how was I going to get to Robert’s house without my gadget telling me where to turn?
I did what I always do when I am in a quandary. I prayed. I figured that God knew where Robert lived and that He was knowledgeable enough to let me know where to go. After driving a bit in Fairfield, I thought that I should turn right, so I did. After a block or so, I turned left. Another few blocks I made another right. Another left. Another right. Two blocks later there it was! I had driven right to it as if I knew where I was going! But it was God’s grace and we gave Him thanks.
It is certainly appropriate for us to look to gadgets, maps, books, and people for guidance. These all make our lives easier and more efficient. But sometimes they will fail us. Gadgets break. Maps become obsolete. People err or lead us astray. But God never abandons us. He knows us. He knows where we should go and how to get there. He knows what we should do and why. David was a godly man whom God had selected to be king over Israel. Saul, the current king, was a bit perturbed about being supplanted and set about to eliminate his rival. With his army, Saul relentlessly pursued David. David did what he could to avoid being captured and killed. But there were times when he did not know what to do or where to go. But God did. One time the prophet Gad told him to leave the stronghold and go into the land of Judah (1 Sam. 22:5). Another time God told David to take his men and attack the Philistines who were attacking the Israeli city of Keilah (1 Sam. 23:2-4). David obeyed and God brought a great victory. But when David inquired of the Lord if the inhabitants of Keilah would surrender him to Saul, the Lord revealed to him that they would do so (1 Sam. 23:11-12). So, David knew he had to flee again. Every day Saul tried to capture David but God continued to deliver him (1 Sam. 23:14).
God protected and directed David through all of his struggles and close calls. David wrote several psalms exalting God for His guidance and deliverance. The superscription of Psalm 18, for example, states, For the choir director. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
God knows where you should go and what you should do. He knows that we have an enemy who relentlessly persues us to bring devastation, defeat, and distress into our lives. But our God is in control. As we draw close to Him He will not only direct and protect us, He will sustain us and bring us through our trials and confusion. David was ultimately exalted as king over Isreal, fulfilling the position for which the Lord had appointed and anointed him. God never forgets or abandons His own. We can be assured that He will exalt us as we humble ourselves before Him (1 Peter 5:6-7). And although there may be many right and left turns in our lives, He will bring us safely to our Big Brother’s House.