10 Jul

Choices and voices

What seems obvious isn’t always best.
 “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. Today the Lord is telling you, I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish … … the Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the Lord ’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.”
1 Samuel 24:4-7
David had every reason and justification to take King Saul’s life. After all, this was the very man who was turning the kingdom upside down to try and kill him for no apparent reason other than David had out shined the king in his service to the throne and his fellow man. 
David’s men must have thought, surely the Lord has handed the enemy over to us. Is this not obvious? 
Beware of self appointed prophets of God. Well meaning people can prove to be huge distractions.
What may seem right to us might prove to be the absolute wrong thing if not filtered through the Lord first. 
We must be careful that a good idea is not perceived as a God idea. 
The restraint and discernment David demonstrated was true evidence he was a man after God’s heart and not the approval of men.
Throughout his life, over and over again, David would first ask the Lord what was best. As a result, David never lost a military battle.
Did he make mistakes? Yes. Was he perfect? No. But he never made the same mistake twice. He learned from his mistakes and moved on. 
No doubt there were times when David gave into the voices in and about his head. Surely there were times his bad desires overpowered his better discernment.  
Despite his shortcomings, in the longterm he proved to be a man in pursuit of God’s ways not his own.
In our quest for the best, the obvious may cloud our better judgement for what is ultimately the right choice.
David’s men were confident and convincing. “Now’s your opportunity!” 
But was it really? Was their perspective the Lord’s perspective? We will do better than David’s comrades when we first pause and check in with the Chief before choosing the obvious.
May the still small voice prevail as the voices that otherwise distract us be squelched by the less than obvious and only voice that ultimately matters, HIS!

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