Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Samuel 2:1 (NIV)
In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?”
“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
2 Samuel 2:1 (MSG)
After all this, David prayed. He asked God, “Shall I move to one of the cities of Judah?” God said, “Yes, move.” “And to which city?” “To Hebron.”
“So it happened after this that David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up into one of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” And He said, “To Hebron.” -AMPLIFIED
David has received the news of the death of Saul and his sons with great sadness. He and his men took the time to mourn the passing of their king. Now it is time to decide what his next step will be.
Remember, David had already been anointed as the next king of Israel (This had happened 15-20 years before.). Yet, now he must figure out how to go about taking the crown for himself. Thankfully, David’s first action was not to meet with his men to decide the next step, nor with his family, but with the Lord. This guy had his priorities in the right order.
David did not beat around the bush with God either. He got right to the point and asked God the one question heavy on his mind. “Should I go up now to one of the cities of Judah?” God answered David, “Go!” David asked, “Well, where should I go then?” God answered, “Go to Hebron.”
It was time for David to make his move in order to claim his kingship. “So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.” -2 Samuel 2:2-3 (VOICE)
David is off to a good start. He checked with God to find out what he was to do and then he obediently did exactly as God had bid him do. David’s attitude was very different than Saul’s. Whereas Saul had an issue with obedience, David did not. Remember those words that Samuel had to speak to Saul, “Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” -1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT)
“David inquired of the LORD: Certainly, this was key to success in David’s life. With rare exceptions, he constantly inquired of the LORD. David wanted more than God’s blessing on his plans, he wanted to be right in the middle of God’s plan.” -David Guzik Commentary on the Bible
Because of David’s obedience to do the Lord’s bidding we find the first steps for him receiving his kingship begining. “Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah.” -2 Samuel 2:4a (NIV)
How important is it to seek God’s direction in our lives? Or even more importantly seeking Him first; before any anyone or anything else. Jesus told his followers, “First and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.” -Matthew 6:33 (AMP)
So what does it mean to seek God first? It means that God is our first priority. This means we obey his commands, seek to do His will always and reciprocate His love. God honors us when He is honored as our top priority. He’s jealous of us. Scripture tells us, “Those who honor me (God) I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.” -1 Samuel 2:30b (NIV)
The Bible has quite a bit to say about our need to seek God in our lives:
* “But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.” -Deuteronomy 4:29-31 (MSG)
* “The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who understand (act wisely), who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance].” -Psalm 14:2 (AMP)
* “But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.” -Hebrews 11:6 (AMP)
We need to let God be at the forefront of our thoughts and the guide of our very hearts. Seek Him first in all things!
“We can seek God and find him! God is knowable, touchable, hearable, seeable, with the mind, the hands, the ears and the eyes of the inner man.” ~A. W. Tozer
Lord, It is my desire to seek you and your will in my life. Help that to be the case as a first resort and not a last resort. You have said if I earnestly seek you I will find you. I am seeking, Lord! Allow your Holy Spirit to constantly draw my attention back to you so that I will be seeking your will in my life in every instance. God, thank you for being the one constant in my life. I know I can always count on you!