Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Ben-Hadad king of Aram and 32 kings besieged Samaria. He sent a message into the city to Ahab, king of Israel that all his silver, gold, and the best of his wives, and children belonged to him. Ahab responded in the affirmative. Ben-Hadad sent a second message that he would search Ahab’s palace and the house of his officials the following day, and take everything that they value. Ahab met with the elders and they rejected the request. Ben-Hadad was angry and instructed his army to prepare to attack the city.
Before they could attack, a prophet came to Ahab and informed him that God would give the army into his hands. Ahab asked him who would do it? The prophet said, “The junior officers under the provincial command.” Ahab then asked him who would start the battle? The prophet told him that he would. Ahab organized his army and put the junior officers in front. They went out and attack Ben-Hadad’s army and were victorious (1 Kings 20:1-21).
Ahab received a message from the Lord. Nonetheless, he made no assumptions but instead sought clarifications by asking the relevant questions. After Ahab understood the message, he followed the instructions and was successful. Sometimes we make the mistake of applying our own interpretation to the Lord’s message. The result is that the message is tarnished, and we carry out our own plan instead of God’s.
Perhaps you received a message from the Lord and did not ask the pertinent questions. As such, you acted on your interpretation and are facing serious challenges. It is not too late to respond appropriately. Ask him to forgive you for not seeking clarification. Scripture says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). After you have repented, ask him the questions. They may begin with who, when, where, or how.
Heavenly Father, thanks for your grace and mercy. Please grant us the patience, wisdom, and self-control to ask questions so we can successfully carry out your commands. In Jesus’ name, amen.