1 Samuel 16:12-13
"And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward."
WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO!
How well do we know God's word? We have the tendency to forget what it says. Often, we have to be reminded.
God's word is the only way we will know what to do and how to do it. He gives guidelines and perimeters with boundaries drawn to keep us safe.
Sometimes we don't know what to do. I've been there. There were times when I was unsure about a situation. I had to get my compass out (Bible) and find the Scriptures pertaining to my challenge. After getting a sense of direction, I prayed for wisdom and discernment in going about what I needed to do. Without taking those measures, I would have made big blunders and mistakes with negative consequences.
The detriment of not knowing what God says in His word will work against us and cause us much grief. God wants us to avoid problems that we don't need to have.
When David was a young lad, he was anointed to be Israel's next king. King Saul had disappointed God and was going to be replaced. Samuel is commanded by God to anoint David. David's life changed from that moment.
David had to flee Saul's presence because of Saul's jealousy and envy which led to hatred. David was on the run from the death threats of King Saul. In the process, David found himself lying, deceiving others and caving in to his fears. He actually thought that one day he would die at the hands of Saul.
David had forgotten about God during those times of great challenge. Why hadn't he remembered the anointing over him? Why hadn't he paid attention to the elevation from watching sheep to being in Saul's palace as his private musician? Why hadn't he connected to the power of God that hovered upon him when he was anointed? Why would he think that God brought him that far to allow him to be killed?
We are no different to David! We have fears, challenges and problems too! The first instinct of a 'Human' is to run from anything that makes him/her afraid. The first instinct for some of us Christians is to take matters into our own hands. It's a tough call, but God gives us directives and suggestions along with commands in His word. It is always best to follow them.
David's running from King Saul only resulted in more running, more fear, and wasted time because Saul died in battle, never killing David. David committed sin while running and all of that could have been prevented had he ran to God and simply asked, "What should I do? How should I handle being hunted by the king?"
There are some situations that I still don't know what to do about, so I keep praying and waiting on God to direct me. His word has set some boundaries for me, so I know that I can't act just yet, but when the needle on that compass changes, that's when God says move! Waiting is a challenge, but it's necessary.
So, if you're desirous of that special 'Someone', particular school, job, house, car, situation or whatever, look into God's word for the portions of Scripture that are applicable and see what He is telling you. Pray for His wisdom and guidance in going about things. Don't act until He says so. It is also good to seek out the advice from those who are 'Spiritual' and obedient to God. They have good experience and know God.
May we take the time to search out God's word and find contentment and joy in the outcome.