In 2 Kings, a story is told of king Ahaziah who fell through the lattice in his upper chamber and hurt himself. In his quest to know the outcome of his condition, he sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron whether he was going to recover. The prophet Elijah, whom God had delivered a message through, met the messengers on their journey, relayed the message from God and forbade them from going to Ekron.

“…Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus says the Lord, You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall die.” 2 Kings 1:3-4

It was never the case that king Ahaziah did not know the prophet Elijah and God, yet he chose to seek the outcome of his ailment from an idol. At the end of the chapter, the king died just as the prophet said because he did not consult God.

As I assessed the consequences of Ahaziah’s choice, I recalled several events in my life where I consulted everyone else but God; other occasions that I have consulted Him, He was probably my last resort or somewhere in between. It’s amazing why we never consider that oftentimes. And so mostly, the outcomes of certain situations we find ourselves in are so because we never reached out to God.

We are quick to reach out to other people or things (family, friends, Google, education…) that have become idols/gods in our lives and we forsake the One Person we are to enquire our situations from. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that people cannot give good counsel; certainly, God will use people or whatever pleases Him to respond to your inquiry. What I want to draw your attention to is who you reach out to first.

Taking our human nature into consideration, it is easy and normal for us to first reach out to our loved ones when we find ourselves in various situations. We look to them for assurance, encouragement, support, help, and many other things; at times we are able to filter whether what they are imparting is right or wrong, on other occasions, especially in our desperation, those filters are not considered.

If we will truly make it a habit to first reach out to God in whatever condition we find ourselves in, we will never have to worry about filtering His response neither will we have to doubt the outcome. It won’t come easy but in each and every situation, you will have to make a conscious effort to reach out to God first. After all, He is the only One who knows your beginning from your end.

Whenever you reach out first to God, He will lead you to the best in any given situation.