What Will You Do?
Nov 12, 2010 by Alex Mekonnen | 0 Comments
In the journey of our Christian faith, definitely, we’ll face a litmus test moment on our character, value, ability of making a right decision at the time of crisis. When you find yourself between a rock and hard place, what will you do? David was in so many circumstances like this, I would like us to focus on one this time: “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all people is grieved, every man for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).
David was not king yet when encountered this crisis. He was running for his life from Saul who determined to kill him. He was living cave to cave, depending on the gracious offer and acceptance of heathen rulers in the region. He had few supporters who chose to suffer with him and wanted him to be their leader. While David and his men were away, the Amalekites invaded Ziklag, attacked and burned it with fire. The wives, sons and daughters of David and his men were taken captive. How low one can get in life? As if living as a fugitive is not enough, David lost his family and the family of the people he loved to captivity. He was distressed and was at the verge of being stoned to death in the very hands of the people who sacrificed everything to protect him. If you were David, what will you do? “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
Our challenges in life could not be exactly the same as David. But we have the same God who we can rely on at the time of need and cry to Him for his help and intervention to turn around our gloomy situation into a bright and hopeful event. What is the challenge you are facing now? If you feel life is becoming unbearable and you can hardly make ends meet. Your joy and hope is buried under the heavy weight of bills and debt. The best of financial advise you get seems doesn’t make a difference to alleviate your burden. The future looks bleak; the chance of losing your property or cars is high, and the disintegration of your family seems inevitable. Even in such hopeless circumstances you can encourage yourself in God your Lord. He is a God who made this universe out of nothing. And he is a faithful provider to those who trust in him, love him, worship him, and serve him. Again, David witnesses to this truth by saying, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want” (Ps 23:1). Paul who came to the scene after so many centuries after David concurs, “My God will meet all your needs according to his glories riches in Christ” (Phil. 4:19).
Your challenge may be with health problem that came at unexpected time of your life which is costly to treat or terminal. It could be a disappointment you are facing because of rebellious children who turned out totally opposite to what you dreamed for them. It could be a marriage hanging on a thin thread. Or, a ministry situation that is causing you pain, makes you feel inadequate, incompetent, and a total failure. Even in such circumstances, like David, you can strength yourself by the Lord your God. “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). God is the source of life, the creator of this universe, a friend at the time of need, a shepherd when we feel lost, and a comforter at the time of sorrow. As he was faithful to David and enabled him to be one of the best leaders in Israel’s history, he can lead you and change your life to make it worth living.