Faced With Challenges? ALF!

“13 The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley. 14 David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. 15 It shall be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” 16 David did just as God had commanded him, and they struck down the army of the Philistines from Gibeon even as far as Gezer. 17 Then the fame of David went out into all the lands; and the Lord brought the fear of him on all the nations. 1 Chronicles 14: 13-17 [emphasis mine]

Did you see what I saw? Reading David’s habit of asking God before taking any steps in battle embarrasses me. He had this habit of inquiring of and waiting for God to answer. Not only that, he also had this habit of doing whatever instructions he received from God.

David’s life is a testimony of what I should do every time I am faced with challenges or decisions to make.

It is inevitable for me to face challenges in different forms. I also make different choices every day (i.e. dress I would wear, words I would speak, etc.)

With David’s example, we can ALF when faced with challenges in life:

1. ASK God for direction.

2. LISTEN to God’s Word–how can I know God’s will for me regarding a certain decision if I don’t open my Bible? how can I be guided if I don’t ask matured spiritual counselors or leaders regarding a difficult resolve?

3. FOLLOW–God’s answer or principles from His Word can be
STOP, WAIT or GO AHEAD. Along with His promise is a promise of His presence and blessings.

I know the decisions I am faced right now and you know what decisions in your life you are facing at the moment. May God find us ALFing. 🙂





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