7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Bring me the ephod." Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?"
"Pursue them," he answered. "You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue." 1 Samuel 30:7-8
You come home and your village has been burned to the ground and your family taken; would you stop to pray about whether you should go looking for them?
trust God's answer?
What if God's will was determined by "rolling dice"?
Would you keep rolling them until you got the answer you wanted?
Or, would you trust God's sovereignty?
Tragedy always seems to turn David's heart back to God. He hasn't used the Ephod to determine God's will since chapter 23, nor has he mentioned the name of the Lord since chapter 26.
At a time like this we would cry out to God to save our families, but he is turning to God for direction, His will for David.
I hear a lot of people say, "I just want to know God's will for my life".
Would you trust in getting an answer the way David did?
Here's where the "rolling the dice" thing comes into play. Look at the verse again, David asked for the Ephod, no not an iPod!
The Ephod was an apron type garment worn by the priest to consult God. In the book of Exodus you find that it had a breastplate where you would find the Urim and Thummim. These were used to cast lots.
So, David at the point of tragedy, wondering if he should go after his family, basically trusted God in what would appear to us as "drawing straws" or "rolling the dice".
Have you ever seen that in a church business meeting? Seriously, stop and think about the business meetings that you've been a part of; didn't all the questions have to be all answered rationally before you took a vote?
It seems to me that we have removed the mystery, the awe, the reverence, out of the ways of God so that we can rationalize or justify it; so that we can get our minds around it.
God is so much bigger than that!
David trusted even when it didn't make sense…I think we call that faith.