Is your back against a wall
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Bring me the ephod.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” God answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail… recover all.”
—1 Samuel 30:7-8
David’s back is against the wall, he is up to his eye balls in trouble…and he says, Bring me the Ephod….meaning, I want to hear from the Lord…I want to know the Lords will.
The Ephod was a special apron that the Priest wore over his clothing. Attached to it was a gold breast plate that had 12 stones in it, each one representing one of the 12 tribes of Israel. The High Priest wore these stones over his heart, which tells us that God held the 12 tribes of Israel close to His heart.
The Ephod had a pouch that held two stones, the Urim and the Thummin. Urim in Hebrew means Light, Thummin means Perfections. Together their names mean, Perfect Knowledge. These stones help the High Priest to know the will of God.
Exodus 28:30…New Living Translation (NLT) God commanded Moses…Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chest piece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the Lord.
It is believed that one of these stones was White, the other Black. The white indicated the answer from God was YES, the Black meant Gods answer was No. The idea is that High Priest would ask God a question that could be answered with a "yes" or a "no," reach into the breastplate, and pull out the stone indicating God's answer.
David asked two questions, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? 9 simple words…it was a very short prayer God answered back right away; “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail… recover all.”
It doesn’t take as much time as we might think to receive an answer to our prayer from God. God is often quick in his response. The truth of the matter, God wants to speak to us, he longs to speak to us, and us to Him. He desires and does answer our prayers. And to those who pray believing. He is also often quick in his answers to our prayers; But we must be attentive and listening.
When the enemy comes in like a flood and it seems as though our life is falling apart. We need to know we can run to God…we can stand on His word and Promises and that when we seek His help and guidance, he wants to answer.
Jeremiah 33:3, God said, "Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do n to know.
Do you believe?
Are you attentive?
Are you listening?