In II Samuel 2:1 we find David in a familiar situation. After Saul’s death, he did not just “assume” that he should go back up to Israel, but instead it says he “inquired of the Lord.” The Bible tells us repeatedly that he did this (3 times in I Samuel 23:2, 4, 9-12). These Scriptures indicate that he was just in the HABIT of “inquiring of the Lord” before he did anything.
WE should be in that habit too — at every step, all through the day!
One of the biggest problems many Christians have is that we do not seek the Lord’s leadership for what we do. Many times it is a symptom of the fact that we are not applying our Christianity consistently to all that we do. We don’t think to seek Him for a decision on the job, or regarding our “free time”, or the way we spend our money, or who we date, etc. But just as we see David repeatedly asking, regarding virtually every turn he took, so we should seek God for every area of our lives, and every decision we make.
And we see in this verse how very specific he was in his asking. It wasn’t enough that he received the answer, “Go up”, but then he queried: “Where shall I go up”, and he was specifically instructed by God to go to the city of Hebron. David wasn’t satisfied with a “general” direction from the Lord, he wanted to know specifically which city He planned for him to arrive in.
Again, we should be this specific in our seeking direction from the Lord. Too often we just act on our feelings or inclinations, instead of really praying and seeking God about what we do. Scripture indicates that we need to seek God’s direction about every little thing — and how much MORE the “big” things?!!
David is a great example to us of what it means to seek the Lord for direction. Before you make your next step, however big or small it is, you should ask yourself: “Have I done like David, and inquired of the Lord?”