David said to Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought it to him, and David asked the Lord; “Should I pursue these raiders? Will I overtake them?” The Lord replied to him, “Pursue them, for you will certainly overtake them and rescue the people.” 1 Samuel 30:7-8 HCSB
Through the years as a minister, many times I have had to make decisions about relocating to another position of service or how to provide godly counsel. It would be reassuring if God would speak audibly or write on the wall what His will is, but it has never been that easy. I have persistently sought God’s direction and will in my life.
David needed to know God’s will. Should he pursue the Amalekites that had raided their town or not? Most of us would not have stopped to consult God if we came home and found our home burned down and our families taken. We would immediately pursue those who had done such terrible things to seek revenge with the hope of retrieving what had been taken. David was so intent on doing God’s will that he asked the priest to bring the ephod.
The ephod was the vest-like part of the priest’s robe that he wore to the temple each day. The chest-piece was usually attached to the vest and had two pockets that contained the Urim and Thummim, the flat stones that the high priest used to determine God’s will. The flat stones would be shaken from their pockets and the position in which they landed would determine God’s answer, much like drawing straws or casting lots. David got a definite “yes” from God to his question.
Challenge: Are you seeking God’s will and direction in every area of your life or are you trying to do it all on your own? Spend time in prayer and seek God’s will in all things. You do not have to rely on casting lots, Ouija boards, or a magic ball. God has promised to reveal His perfect will. Do not be afraid to ask. He will show you the way.