One of the great characteristics of David is found in these sacred words; “David inquired of the Lord” (1 Samuel 23:2,4). The Word of God expresses more than once the fact that David did something very important and that was to consult the will of God to be able to know the wisdom and to receive counsel advice of Him. As a result of this passage David then becomes a great example for Christians in the daily life and concerning the decisions that one has to make. Before doing anything else the true Christian will consult the Will of God just as David did. How can a Christian consult God and his will today?
The Christian consults God when he depends upon the Word of God. David wrote; “Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will keep it to the end” (Psalm 119: 33). The counsel that David sought first was of the Word of God because he knew the great value of the Word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119: 105). The Word of God contains the correct counsel, spiritual principles, and commandments necessary to be right with God and to be able to make good decisions in the earthly life.
The Christian consults God when he takes everything to God in prayer. “And if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God …” (James 1:5). “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). The Christian who does not depend upon prayer, coming to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) is one that does not seek the counsel of God, but seeks his own counsel or that of the world. Prayer is a way to reach the grace and mercy of God for which we are forgiven and after being forgiven be more open to the counsel of God.
The Christian consults God when he receives counsel from faithful brethren. Some brethren went to Jerusalem (Acts 15) to discuss an issue with the apostles and receive their counsel. Paul had a meeting with the elders of Ephesus (Acts 20: 17-30) to speak with them and leave spiritual counsel to them. The last letters of John (1 John, 2 John, and 3 John) were written to teach and give advice to the brothers who were many years younger than John. These are examples of those that wanted the counsel of God.
David consulted with God in order to make a good decision in his life and as Christians we need to imitate his example. A Christian can consult God through the Word, prayer, and counsel of faithful brethren.
by Wayne Brewer