Have you ever been in a situation where you were not sure what was going on around you? Things may have seemed confusing, or even a bit frightening. During those moments it’s a good time to ask the Lord, “What’s going on?”
I will never forget the day someone said to me, “We believe the Mind of Christ is found in the Body of Christ.” While the context of our discussion (churches voting on major decisions) did not always bear that out, at least in my mind, I believe my friend was on to something. While we may not see as many examples of it as we should, maybe the Lord’s original intention was that we discern His Mind through a collective inquiring. Fortunately for us, we do have an example of this in Acts 15.
Have you ever had the Lord ask you to do something that seemed to be way out of your league? Or have you ever had to make a life altering decision where all the available options seemed right? Maybe you have felt the Lord showed you an answer that was just too simple to be true. It is during these confusing and uncertain times that we need to be seeking confirmation from the Lord.
What do you do on the worst day of your life? I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. That day when the bottom falls out of your life and you are left feeling shocked, devastated, and sick at heart. When that day comes, how do you respond? Fortunately for us, King David once again shows us the way.
We live in the midst of an intense spiritual war between the Kingdom of God and the forces of darkness. Too often we think we know how to handle it when the battle finds its way to our doorstep. Such a presumptuous attitude could get us killed. It is vitally important that we inquire of the Lord in the midst of the battle. King David serves of an excellent example of an inquiring warrior.
Hearing the voice of the Lord is a critical part of living in the Reign of God. To hear His voice, however, means that we have to first inquire of Him. That means seeking to get His mind on whatever we are dealing with. Failing to inquire of the Lord can have devastating consequences. Let’s look at a few examples…