Tuesday, June 20, 2017
“Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:37
The Philistine champion, Goliath, came up against the people of God and in their eyes defeating him and the Philistine army seemed an impossible task…
But, not for David, the shepherd boy who was sent to the battlefield on an errand. He knew that He could take down the giant. David was able to have faith in God to do the impossible because God had empowered him to kill a bear and a lion when they interfered with his sheep. When David came up against Goliath, he reminded himself of God’s delivering power and this strengthened David’s resolve.
David was able to build upon his faith as a result of his past experiences, so too, our faith can be great as we go through dark, challenging times. Every time we endure something negative, we learn something about God that we did not know before. We learn that He is able to do more than we can imagine possible. We also learn something about ourselves. We realize that we are stronger than we thought we were. All in all, dark times are supposed to make us stronger and wiser and better than we were before.
One of the myths that surrounds Christianity is that if a man is faithful to God, he will not go through adversity and persecution, but the Bible does not teach that believers would be free from trouble, pain, and suffering in their lives. In fact the Bible is clear in its message that the righteous would be persecuted. The world will hate us because it first hated our Master Jesus Christ. But we can hold on to the promises of God in his Word that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear (See 1 Corinthians 10:13).
God has promised to deliver those who love and obey Him out of their suffering. We can rest assured that God will stand by us in our pain and bad times. David declared, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). We can trust in our God!
An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson