“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and
it will be given him.” – James 1:5 (ESV)
“After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” So David went up there…” – 2 Samuel 2:1,2 (ESV)
It is common nowadays for companies and business to seek the advice of external professional experts, commonly called “consultants”. It may be for advice on the structure of the company, revamping the image of the business, or analyzing a business plan. Even in the field of medicine, patients go to medical “consultants” – experts in various medical specialties – for advice on health and treatments.
The commonly asked question is whether the companies that engage consultants actually heed the advice given, or just place the consultants’ reports on a shelf. For patients, it is also common that the medical opinions and advice given are ignored, or the patients go on to obtain a second or even third opinion.
In our spiritual walk, we often talk about praying to the Lord for wisdom and guidance, especially when we are faced with problems and challenges. But how often do we actually wait quietly and humbly to hear God, and then act on what He directs?
In the passage from 2 Samuel 2, we find King David asking the Lord for direction. Not only does King David hear the Lord telling him to go to Hebron, but he follows what is told to him. May we all learn to be like King David – seeking, hearing and doing.
By Dr David Loh (YCKC Bulletin 29&30 March 2014)