“For the shepherds have become stupid And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered.” Jeremiah 10:21
This is what happens when we do not inquire of God and go off following our own foolish minds and wills. We are stupid creatures—our flocks will be scattered and we will not prosper. Instead, we should follow David’s lead, and inquire of God about everything. The more we inquire of Him, the more He answers us, and the more intimately we come to know Him.
2 Samuel 2:1 “Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?’ And the LORD said to him, ‘Go up’ So David said, ‘Where shall I go up?’ And He said, ‘To Hebron.’”
1 Samuel 23:2 “So David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ And the LORD said to David, ‘Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah.’”
1 Samuel 30:8 “David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?’ And He said to him, ‘Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.’”
2 Samuel 5:19 “Then David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?’ And the LORD said to David, ‘Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.’”
2 Samuel 5:23 “When David inquired of the LORD, He said, ‘You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.’”
1 Samuel 22:10 “He inquired of the LORD for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”
Whenever David faced a trial, especially with his enemies, he always asked to know God’s will, and each time he inquired of the LORD, the LORD graciously gave him a clear and definite answer. All the stories in the Bible “were written down for our instruction” Romans 15:4. God did not just respond to inquiries of His people in the Old Testament—He still clearly responds to His children today, we only need to ask.
It pleases God when we ask His will in all areas of our life. If we are faced with any situation where we are not clear on what the next best step is, we should immediately stop and inquire of Him. He knows exactly what we should do, and He will tell us if we ask. When we inquire, our path is made straight. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-7.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Philippians 4:6 “In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God”
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Isaiah 26:8 “Thou doest keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.”
1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” We have to know that God hears us and know that we have what we asked of Him—there is no believing in it, only knowing.
1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
Proverbs 15:8 “The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”
Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
God makes it very clear throughout His Word that He desires us to inquire of Him, ask Him, seek Him—and make sure while we are at it that we praise Him, acknowledge and thank Him for His perfect answers, loving kindness and tender mercies towards us.