Last night I was meditating on “prepare your minds for action” from 1 Peter 1:13.
We get good instruction from 2 Samuel 5:24. David had asked the Lord what to do when the Philistines deployed themselves. He acted on the Lord’s instructions (verse 19). Then the same scene enfolds. Again the Philistines deploy themselves. David didn’t act according to the first instructions. He asked the Lord again. This time the Lord told him not to go up, but to wait in front of the mulberry trees. Verse 24 says, “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.”
David and his men had to stay focused, to be alert, to listen attentively, to be ready, and to not get distracted. So it is with us. We need to shore up our thoughts, and quiet our hearts so we can hear and advance quickly.