You made me: you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. Psalm 119:73
Take a moment to think about the most profound statement that you have ever heard or read. How were you impacted, and after, what was your opinion of the person? The most shocking words that were ever said to me occurred in a conversation with another Believer. We were talking about the hardships of life, and I expressed that I would be glad when Jesus comes again to give us a perfect life. She stated, “Oh, save that thought, don’t rush Jesus’ coming too soon.” The conversation occurred in 1988, and I still remember her words as if they were spoken yesterday.
Although it was an eye-opening experience to hear that she was not ready for Jesus’ coming, the sister revealed exactly how she felt. Before we rationalize that her statement ranks among one of the worst things that a Christian can say, we have to look at ourselves in the mirror. Many who have accepted Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation have forgotten why they became Believers.
The Book of Psalms, written by King David, reveals the plight of humanity and our relationship with God. As you study the psalms, David’s mental, emotional, and spiritual statuses are vividly reflected as a godly man who possessed internal conflict. As a shepherd boy, he had the faith to pursue and kill bears and lions who attacked his sheep. And God used this young boy again to deliver the Israelites from the persecution of the Philistines. Staying focused on God provides us with peace of mind in spite of our circumstances.
For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army. One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread and carry them quickly to your brothers. 1 Samuel 17:16-17. While David was there, he witnessed the Philistine giant Goliath using scare tactics to defy the army of Israel…then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel. 1Samuel 17:23
David asked the soldiers standing nearby…Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God? 1 Samuel 17:26
We know how the story ends, God used David to show that He is still in control. The mighty power of God was not displayed through strong soldiers carrying swords, God used a humble shepherd boy and his slingshot to rid the Israelites of their worst enemy, Goliath. It was a time to rejoice, God faithfully delivered his children from the oppression of their enemies. Even so, another situation arose, the King became jealous of the honor that the people gave to David, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands?” v. 11.
1 Samuel chapters 21-24 gives the account of the events that led to King Saul giving the order to find David so that he could kill him.
God had other plans for David’s life, he would not die from the hands of Saul. David was anointed by God to replace King Saul. After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-Gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats. 1 Samuel 24:1-2
While searching for David, King Saul entered the same cave in which David and 600 of his men were hiding in the deeper recesses of the cave. God allowed David to cut off a piece of the hem of the King’s robe…1 Samuel chapter 24. As Saul prepared to leave on his horse, David came out of the cave holding a remnant of Saul’s robe in his hands. It was proof that Saul’s jealously of David led to the false accusation that David desired to kill him. Knowing that prophecy must be fulfilled, King Saul acknowledged: Now I know for sure that you will be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. So now, swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s house.” …1 Samuel 24, 20-21
Once David became King, he struggled with the fact that he was surrounded by enemies who wished him dead. David never forgot God, its just that he possessed the same mixture of fear and faith that most of us have when we are facing life’s adversities. David’s weaknesses are our weaknesses, and the only resolution is total faith in God’s Divine intervention. Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil. Psalm 119:132
Wavering faith produces the diagnosis of “Spiritual Blindness.” When we become fixated on our circumstances, our minds are encased in darkness. It is so easy for us to forget the love of our Heavenly Father. God is always here during our earthly journey. Accepting the Plan of Salvation requires a daily renewal, there is no biblical support of the “Once saved, always saved” theory. God’s promises are fulfilled when we do our part to serve him. Reciting quick prayers and sporadic studying of the Bible leaves us empty and confused.
The miracles and blessings that we receive should be committed to memory. God has to be much more than just a fleeting thought. Without spiritual reinforcement, we lose sight of God, and our faith weakens. We cannot let the tests and trials of life overshadow God’s grace and mercies. Stay close to God through prayer and listening to His voice by daily study of the Bible.
When the Apostle Paul was before King Agrippa, he testified of his conversion from Saul to Paul.
“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.
“And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. 16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. 17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ “
Paul shared the powerful story of his spiritual transformation with unbelievers. Have you considered sharing your personal testimony of how you came to accept Jesus and the Plan of Salvation?
To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light…Acts 26:18
Our eyes must be fully open before we can tell others about Jesus Christ. Develop a close relationship with Him by faithfully trusting and obeying God under all circumstances.
Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 24
God, we ask you to open our eyes that we may always see the love that you have for humanity. Thank you for taking care of us and extending your grace and mercies. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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