1 Samuel 28:1-6
A lot of believers are stagnant today because they are waiting to hear from God before they act or do anything. They believe in divine messages to decide the type of clothe to wear, food to eat, wife to marry, etc. These persons are paralyzed and are living cowardly lives. They want a blueprint to start running. They get these messages either by voice or in dreams. Other ways can be from prophets or men of God.
The question is: what happens when you do not have dream or vision and no direct message from the prophets? We do not need to just sit passively but take some action until we hear what God is saying to us. Most people are like Saul, if they do not hear from God, they consult native doctors.
In 1 Samuel 28:4-7, “The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terrorI filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim,or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”
The commentary of Barnes’ Notes on the Bible on this passage says, When Saul inquired of the Lord… It is said in 1 Chronicles 10:14 that one reason why the Lord killed Saul, and gave his kingdom to David, was because he inquired not of the Lord. The explanation of this apparent discrepancy is to be found in the fact that inquiring of the familiar spirit was positively antagonistic to inquiring of the Lord. That Saul received no answer – when he “inquired of the Lord” by dreams, which was an immediate revelation to himself; by Urim, which was an answer through the high priest clothed in the ephod; or by prophets, which was an answer conveyed through some seer speaking by the Word of the Lord 1 Samuel 22:5 – was a reason for self-abasement and self-examination, to find out and, if possible, remove the cause, but was no justification whatever of his sin in asking counsel of familiar spirits.”
Kevin DeYoung has a great book called, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will or How to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc. One blogger, commenting on this book said, “Our reluctance to make decisions can often be traced to the misguided belief that ‘God has a wonderful plan for my life and I need to discover what it is so that I don’t make decisions that mess it up.”
We all want the blueprint. Tell me what to do so there won’t be any problems in my life and everything will go smoothly. What is that? That’s being a coward! We are not able to make the right decision because we are worried about the consequences or the danger. DeYoung goes on to say, “The…reason we want to know the will of God is because we are cowardly. It’s true. Sometimes when we pray to know the will of God, we are praying a coward’s prayer: ‘Lord, tell me what to do so nothing bad will happen to me.
In Faithlife sermons, differentiated between passive and active waiting. is a time to wait before the Lord in silence. But most of us are often paralyzed by passivity. And we say, “I’m waiting on the Lord!” when sometimes we are just lazy and/or afraid of making decisions.
A lot people are stuck because they are looking at the dream they had which could be a nightmare. Many are controlled by their nightmare. Someone shared this: “To be honest, I have a nightmare and it feels silly sharing it, but actually it is a literal nightmare I have at least once a week. Usually in this nightmare, I am speaking to a group and somehow it ends up being the fact that I am not prepared to speak. As a result, I end up feeling this sense of humiliation. I feel like a loser and a fool. I don’t want to go all Freudian on you, but I do see it as the Lord showing me my heart and where my motivations lie, the things my heart gets stuck on that are not of Him.
As we wait, may God empower us to keep moving in Jesus Name.