The “Obvious” Solution

solutionIn 2 Sam 5,  David had been anointed king over Israel. The Philistines hearing of this, come down to stand against David and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim (Valley of the Giants / Old Tribe of Giants). David’s old foe had once again returned at a time when there was breakthrough. The enemy that had been defeated in his youth, was making its presence felt again. At a time when he was finally standing in the place for which God had anointed him many years prior.

This time though, the situation would not have been quelled by a sling and a stone (a previous solution). This time, he had the armies of Israel at his command and as always, the Lord to direct him.

David asks for direction: 2 Sam 5:19  So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 

And the result : 2 Sam 5:20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim

Once again though, those pesky Philistines (your situation) would not go away. They came again to camp in the valley of Rephaim.

At this point, David could have said, “Ok army; Let’s go defeat them again.” The situation looked the same. Don’t assume the solution will be the same.

Again David asks for direction: 2 Sam 5: 23 -24 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”

Totally different strategy!!  The outcome even looked different this time : 2 Sam 5:25  And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

Who knows what can be accomplished when we don’t do what seems best to us and seek the Lord? Even if what seems best, is what worked before or what worked for someone else in a similar situation. It might even seem to be the most logical thing to do but ….

God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are much higher than ours. 

Don’t tackle it, get frustrated, then go to God.

Take the time to ask how to proceed and….wait for the answer.

Remember Gideon defeated an entire army with only 300 men. Not the obvious solution but God’s strategy!!


Have a blessed, enjoyable and restful weekend.


by Marisse Cropper




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