Background: When King David was fighting against the Philistine army, he learned some strategic military strategy.
Ask the children…
What military strategy do we learn from David in this verse?
“So David asked the Lord, ‘Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?’ The Lord replied to David, ‘Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.’” (2 Samuel 5:19)
Your right, don’t go out and fight without asking for the Lord’s guidance first. What military strategy do we learn next?
“And again David asked the Lord what to do. ‘Do not attack them straight on,’ the Lord replied. ‘Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar[f] trees.'” (2 Samuel 5:23)
The first time the Lord instructed David to attack the Philistines straight on and this time David is supposed to attack from behind. From this we learn that God doesn’t always do things the same way. He wants us to trust Him and ask Him for direction every time we do something.
Ask your children if there are things they do all the time that they don’t ask for God’s direction in? Things like, what will happen at school that day or where they will play with their friends. Those things seem so obvious and they don’t need to ask God. But who knows what God wants to do that day? Maybe it is something different than they expect. We don’t want to miss out on what God has for us on any day.
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