Today’s chapter: 1 Samuel 23
Last night’s national championship game was a great one. As I watched, I noticed both the Alabama and Clemson quarterbacks had a habit I’ve noticed before. Before each play, they paused and looked to the sideline to find out from the coach what to do.
Once when the play call didn’t arrive in time, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson called time out. He’s learned that it’s wiser to wait on the coach to tell him what to run, than to wing it and just call his own play. Even though he knows the playbook better than anyone on the field and could probably call a pretty good play, he wasn’t going to do anything until he heard from the coach.
I see David displaying a similar habit in this passage. Four times he “looks to the sideline” and asks the Lord what to do. He has learned from the disaster in Nob (1 Samuel 21) how wrong things can go when he takes matters into his own hands. He is determined to not repeat that mistake.
If he has to wait for God to answer, he is willing to call time out and wait. Even if the guidance he receives from the Lord doesn’t make sense to his men, he is done with relying on his own wisdom. He is committed to seeking God’s will in every situation and doing whatever He says.
I want to trust God like David. Let’s be committed to seek His will not just daily, but to pause and inquire of Him in every decision. When we don’t have a clear answer, let’s be willing to wait until we do rather than taking matters into our own hands.
If we’d seek God’s as consistently as David, I’m convinced we’d be better parents. If we’d wait for God as patiently as a quarterback waits on the play call from his coach, we’d be better spouses. We’d be better employees and bosses. We’d be better friends and family members.
Let’s try a one-day experiment. You’re going to make decisions throughout your day today. Commit to pausing and seeking God’s will in EVERY decision that matters. If you have to wait for Him to answer, be willing to wait. I’m praying for you as you depend on Him in this way. I’d love to hear how your day goes.