I’ve been reading through First Samuel the last month, and aside from Saul’s bipolar tendencies and the numerous battles David saw, I noticed something else last night. Obviously, David broke down in some very human moments (adultery, murder, etc.), but before he even became king (in I Sam. 30), he experienced some devastating loss and frustration. The Amalekites had raided Ziklag and taken all the wives and children, including David’s two wives. Scripture says that the people with him “wept until they had no more strength to weep” (vs. 4).
Now, if I were David with hundreds of men at my disposal, I’d not even hesitate: we’re talking Braveheart meets Taken. Who has time for prayer? Who has time to wait? If my spouse and children had been taken captive, I’d storm the camp and take them back. The people even threaten to stone David because of their deep grief. Seems to me like David should do something quickly. But, listen to what he does:
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (vs. 6).
He goes to the priest and inquires of the Lord, asking God if he should take his men and pursue the enemy. God gives him the go ahead and promises them that David’s men will overtake and rescue.
Perhaps it’s my personality, but when I read this passage, I felt immediate conviction. My modus operandi involves quick decisions and “action, people!” and then later reflective analysis. I jump into fix-it mode, hoping that my solution dissolves the problem. After all, some things you don’t need to pray about, right?
However, David doesn’t approach the dilemma without first seeking the Lord. He may have the man-power, the know-how, and the courage to charge ahead, but he pauses and inquires, “Is this the way to fix it, God?”
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always. Psalm 105:4
So, instead of tossing up the “like a boss” meme every time you feel like “you got this,” try a new mode of operation: doing life “like He’s boss“. See how it alters your state of affairs. If we really live what we believe, we should feel more peace, knowing we don’t have to hold all the answers or power. After all, whether we acknowledge it or not, He is boss. And He’s more than got this life (and the one to come).
This song has become my open-hand petition to God: