Then David said in his heart, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul…” (1 Samuel 27:1)
David was called a man after God’s heart. Outside of Jesus, he is the most mentioned person in the Bible (almost 1,000 times!).
Though we should never delight in someone else’s failure, it is strangely encouraging to learn that even people of great faith struggle. David killed the lion and bear with his hands and the giant with a sling and stone. He was anointed by Samuel and prophesied over as the next king of Israel. Even still he was deeply discouraged by the years of fleeing from crazy King Saul.
David actually decided to escape from the trouble and went over and served and lived with a Philistine king for sixteen months.
Moses got ahead of God and killed a man. He then spent forty years on the backside of the desert – probably thinking he was a loser.
Elijah spent some time in a dark cave, depressed and suicidal, running from the intimidation of his opponents.
John the Baptist got so disillusioned that he began to doubt if Jesus was really the Messiah.
Peter thought he had totally blown it after denying the Lord. He walked away and went back to his former occupation: fishing.
None of these temporary failures were final for any of these servants of God.
As I said in the last post: There is NO PROBLEM FREE. If you’re still under the impression that if you just do it right there will be few or no problems, then you’re probably going to have a rude awakening at some point. The goal is not to find a problem free scenario. The goal is not success by the world’s definition.
God has actually hardwired some significant challenges and setbacks into the road you’re on.
That’s right. Problems are often proof that you are on the right track.
A huge part of the challenge in all of this is finding the place of acknowledged weakness. God’s power and provision is often elusive until we find our own weakness! Some people are looking for proof texts and escape clauses, so they can shake the magic wand of “faith” and make the problems disappear. But maybe God is trying to show us something else.
Paul learned this lesson:
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Do you see the paradox in this verse of Scripture? Boast about my weaknesses? Try that on your resume’ and see how it works for you in your next job interview!!! To the world it looks crazy. Power is made perfect in powerlessness? Huh?
Again, the key to victory is not “problem free”. The problems we face can actually help bring us to the place of acknowledged weakness. And it is there (and only there) that real resurrection life springs forth. There’s got to be a death before there can be resurrection.
The seed has to die first.
Ever been there? How about now?