The “Why” has to be battle tested or it won’t hold up.
I. God Will Always Bring Exactly What You need
1 Samuel 23 NIV
6 (Now Abiathar son of Ahimelek had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)
A. Abiathar (uh bay uh ther) , the son of Ahimelech, the only priest that survived only brought one thing with him to David, “The Ephod”
B. One Thing
1. The Ephod – Priestly Garment
II. Seeking God Will Save Us From Events That Never Happen
A. Process (outlined in chapter 23)
1. Go Where God Calls You
2. David’s Men Advised Against Going
3. David Reconsidered But Still Followed
4. David Is Informed Saul Is Coming For Him
5. David Seeks God’s Will For His Next Move
1 Samuel 23 NIV
9 When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.” 10 David said, “LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. 11 Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant.”
And the LORD said, “He will.”
12 Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?”
And the LORD said, “They will.”
13 So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there
B. Praise God For Saving Us From What Could Have Been Had We Not Prayed
C. Praise God For Saving Us From What Would Have Been Had We Not Consulted His Word And His Will
D. Seeking God Will Allow You To Divine The Designs Of Your Enemy
1. It allow you to know the unknowable
2. It will allow you to escape when it would have made sense to stay
3. It is the difference between living by chance and living by choice
III. Seeking God Allows Us To Take Back What The Enemy Has Stole From You
A. David and his men lose everything. The Amalekites had invaded Ziklag.
B. Wives and children are kidnapped.
C. Everything else is burned.
1 Samuel 30:4,6-7
4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him
D. They wept until they could weep anymore.
E. The men considered stoning David
1. “Bring Me The Ephod”
2. David Seeks God’s Will For His Next Move
IV. Priorities – Your Process Will Always Obey Your Priorities
A. Where did we first see this ephod in David’s story?
1 Samuel 21
8 David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”
9 The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”
V. (David’s “Why” Is Revealed In His Battle With Goliath) – “That The World Will Know” (put next verses with this point)
1 Samuel 17:46b -47
and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
A. Battle tested and bulletproof.
B. When Your Audience Is The Almighty It Will Shift Your Perspective
1. Focus on Jesus Not The Giant
2. The giant becomes irrelevant when Jesus is made prominent in your life
C. David’s Praise Became His Prophecy
1. No by sword or spear
D. Worship Before Weapons = You Can’t Lose
E. Weapons Before Worship = You Can’t Win
F. Your Worship Will Change Your Weapon
G. It Is Not The Weapon In Your Hand, It Is The Worship In Your Heart
H. You Are Trying To Figure Out Your Finances
1. Finances are the weapon.
2. God is interested in your heart/worship.
3. If you give God all your heart, the money will work itself out
I. You Are Trying To Figure Out A Way To Fix Them
1. Intellect, intimidation, inspiration… pick your weapon
2. What if you gave God your heart?
a. Worship will effect the weapon you choose.
J. You Are Trying To Figure Out Your Faith
1. What does this person say? What does this church teach? What kind of worship do they have? How long does he preach? What is the style? Hell fire? Self Help?
a. I worry when people are concerned more with what they are getting than what they are giving
c. I worry when a person quotes people and conferences more than they quote the scripture
d. It’s not that information from men is feudal
e. But the foundation and the fame should be in God’s infinite, infallible, inerrant, incredible Word that is unfailing and unflinching despite our deepest questions, in the face of our greatest failures
1) God’s word is anvil that has worn out many hammers