In 1 Chronicles 13 David had an idea to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem( verse 3). In the end he decided to do it (verse 5) and in coming to the decision he demonstrated some principals that we will do well to follow if we want God’s guidance in our life.
First of all he didn’t assume that what seemed like a spiritual virtuous idea was necessarily the right one. He subjected the decision to other leaders (listed in verse 1) and God (see verse 2). We shouldn’t assume that when we have an idea that is “spiritual” and seems good to us that it is necessarily the right one.
He demonstrated humility in subjecting the decision to others. He wasn’t a domineering independent leader, a one man band who called all the shots and then expected everyone to follow. He demonstrated that he believed greater wisdom was arrived at when he involved others rather than on his own, that others covered his blind spots.
Also he sought a confirmation by men and God ( verse 2). The same principle is illustrated by the leaders of the early church in Acts 15, in the letter they wrote to the new believers concerning the requirements they would make of them. They said in verse 15, ” For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things…..”. They too sought confirmation from God and man. We must believe that God’s will for us will be confirmed by God and those He has put around us. That God will clarify His will to us through that double avenue.
So when it comes to knowing God’s will, we should not assume a “spiritual” idea that seems good to us, is necessarily the right one. We should exercise humility by bringing others into our decisions and we should seek the double witness of God and man/others.
Good principles for guidance.