"So David inquired of the Lord..." - 1 Samuel 23: 2a (AMP)
In this particular passage of scripture, David had just found out that the Philistines planned to attack Keilah, a small city in Judah. Upon hearing this news, David could have done 2 things: ignore the news and hope for the best, or immediately charge into Keilah and fight the Philistines. If he'd chosen to ignore, no one would have really blamed him. He had problems of his own with Saul's murderous vendetta against him. On the other hand, going right into war and defeating the Philistines could have been possible. David was no punk. Remember, this is the same guy who killed a lion and defeated a 9ft giant (Goliath) when he was a teen! Not only was he a military genius, but he was also anointed and chosen by God. David chose neither option. Instead, he chose to ask, then act. So David inquired of the Lord... He took the time out to seek God's guidance.
When it comes to decision-making, we can certainly learn from David. How often have we made decisions without consulting God first, then wonder why things turned out the way they did? How many times have we pondered so long about a decision because we just didn't know what to do? I truly believe that some of the heartaches we've experienced could have been avoided if we only asked God what to do. So many people automatically ask friends and family, imperfect beings who may or may not know, before asking God, a perfect Being who knows all. When asking God for guidance, make sure you stick to what God tells you, no matter how crazy it may sound...even if family and friends tell you you're out of your mind. When David asked God what to do, God told him to attack the Philistines. David's men believed it would've been a suicide mission. So, David asked God again (and God told him the same thing).
Now, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Come in closer. You ready? Here it is: GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING! And you know what else? He has the answers you need, you just have to ask. Even when dealing with what seems to be unimportant, go to God. What do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing! He never tires of hearing our voices. He won't get exasperated if we came to Him for everything. He wants us to come to Him. He loves when His children ask for advice or direction. You can't go wrong with seeking God's knowledge. Uh, hello! He knows everything! When faced with a decision, no matter how big or small, ask then act!