Good Monday Morning Coffee everyone ☺️! How is everyone doing on this beautiful Monday morning. I hope wonderful! Welcome to a new day, a new, week, and a new encouraging conversation with me, Kenya! So if you’re ready, then grab that drink ☕️, and it’s start the conversation.
So, for today’s conversation we will be discussing part two of the Do’s and Don’ts series. Last week we discussed how trust and intimacy is an important part of our relationship with God. It dictates our decisions and if we will be obedient to the commands of God. Obediences is a great indicator to see if we are indeed cultivating a relationship with the Lord. So now let’s get into part two which is called “Partnering with God”.
Examples of King David
The scriptures that will be using as our reference is from 1 Samuel 30:7-8 “Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” Also, 2 Samuel 2:1, “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”. Also, 2 Samuel 5:17-25, “ When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away. And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
Examples of King Saul
Also, 1 Samuel 14:8-12, He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” And lastly, 1 Samuel 28:7-8, “Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.” So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Divine for me by a spirit and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.”
I know that was a lot of scripture but I wanted to make a point. When you read these scriptures, you will clearly see the difference between the two Kings. David was a man who really wanted God’s directions and was willing to inquire of the Lord’s direction in the right way while Saul although it was mention that he waited on Samuel, but due to his impatience and fear he went about seeking the Lord’s direction in an unlawful way on both accounts. When I read these scriptures, what I believe it’s telling us is that God has a specific way that we should seek to inquire wisdom, direction, and answers from Him. There are a lot of others ways that people seek information. Some examples are found through psychics, witchcraft, sorcery, and new age methods but these are unlawful spiritual methods that only produce terrible consequences like death, hence King Saul fate. There are times when God will have you wait on a particular answer because He wants a relationship with you.
King David understood the need to rely on God. He loved and reverence God and even though he was already anointed King he did not go ahead of God. Instead he wanted God’s direction and I believe God took pleasure in partnering with him. We can see this with ancient Israel. God would give specific instructions which when followed would led to them overcoming their enemy’s. One thing to keep in mind is to not run a head of God and trust the process. It was years between the time when David was anointed as king until he was actually sitting on the throne. We can see from this man’s life that God had his heart not the throne. Allow yourself through your waiting period to be a time of building your character and developing your relationship with God.
So to conclude part two, God wants to partner with us. This is one of the reasons why he gives us His Holy Spirit. This is why we’re invited to ask Him for wisdom. God wants you and wants to walk with you in this life. So be like David who sought God’s direction and as well loved God.
Side Note: The Holy Spirit is not only your comforter but your partner.
Monday Morning Coffee question: How have you seen God partner with you in your life?
So, remember to take it one day at a time, stay encouraged in the Lord, and remember God loves you soooo much, so remember to love Him back!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation! I hope you were blessed, inspired, challenged, and of course, encouraged! If so, then please like 👍🏾, subscribe, share, and comment down below. So until next Monday, have a beautiful 🌺, blessed day and bye for now 👋🏾!