Archive for March, 2012

Inquiring Minds

Posted: March 30, 2012 in QT's

I have a little girl who is about to turn seven in a few days and she is very much a little girl. She is full of life and full of words. She starts talking when she wakes up and quits about a half hour after she goes to sleep. She talks about anything and everything to anybody and everybody. In the last couple of days she has made sure that everyone, family friends, teachers, cashiers, waitresses… knows that she has a birthday coming up. I generally just hold her hand and start walking towards the door with her talking the whole way, otherwise we’ll never leave and friends and strangers will know all of our business. She just likes to talk.

She also asks a lot of questions. She has a curious mind and wants to know things. I have to admit that she came by this honestly. I also have a curious mind and want to know things. I like to ask questions. When someone is telling me something, I ask questions. When I’m studying a passage of Scripture or a particular topic or subject, I ask questions. When I’m teaching, I ask my students questions because it helps them to engage and learn and I learn from them as well. My daughter and I ask because we want to know, and how else would we learn? You don’t know if you don’t ask.

This morning as I was reading in 2 Samuel 5 I came across these words in verse 19, “And David inquired of the Lord.” These words kind of stood out to me because they were familiar. I have been reading through 1 and 2 Samuel in my quality time for a little while now and I have read these words several times before.

“David inquired of the Lord.”

That’s worth camping out on for a while. David lived a pretty crazy life. He went from being a nobody, to being famous, to being a fugitive, to being a king. There were times when David had to make snap decisions. There were times when he made rash decisions. There were times when he made decisions by himself and times when asked others for advice. Then there were times he stopped, got alone with God and asked Him, and waited for the answer before he made a decision. Verse 25 says, “And David did as the Lord commanded Him.” David had to make decisions that wouldn’t just effect him but those around him, even entire nations. David carried a great responsibility and he knew it. Verse 12 says, “And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” When David felt the weight of his responsibility he knew it was too much for him and he went to God for answers.

Can I ask you a question? How do you make decisions? Do you sometimes make rash decisions? Do you sometimes make wrong decisions that have consequences for others besides yourself, decisions you wish you could make over again? Of course you do. We all do. That’s part of being human. Let me let you in on a little secret; the weight you and I carry is too much for us. The good news is, we weren’t meant to carry it alone. Just like David, we can “inquire of the Lord”. We can take our circumstances, our burdens to God, and He’s got some mighty big shoulders. The hard part isn’t the asking, it’s the listening and obeying. David made some wrong decisions in his life and so do we, but he never made a wrong decision when he asked God and listened and obeyed when God gave the answer, and neither will we.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an excited little girl asking a lot of questions about a birthday party…