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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Why God Allows Discomfort, Even If It Would Mean Causing Our life?


by Arthelo Palma

1 Samuel 21

why God allows discomfort even if it would mean causing our lives
Some great philosophers like John Locke believe man is afraid to lose his life, so he enters into a social contract in order to protect his ultimate freedom, and above all, his life. This makes sense, as we know that the implementation of governance and law totally reflects on this philosophical idea. Man is indeed afraid to lose his life. We do not want pain. We hate discomforts of hearing horrible reports from the doctor concerning the status of our health, and so on.

However, great men of God were tested in their faith most when they faced situations involving life and death. One of them was David.

David was on the process of becoming Israel’s next king. For this, God was preparing to make the right attitude of his heart. David’s trust in God was put to the test when he was at Nob and Gath.

Due to his fear of Saul, he lied to Ahimelech, the priest at Nob, when asked why he was alone.

David continued to flee from Saul and he finally reached at Gath. But one of the servants of Achish the king of Gath recognized him, and believed he was Israel’s king. That servant heard the Israelite’s sung “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”

“David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. So he pretended to be insane in their presence, and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard” (verses 12-13).

Could we say David might have failed at this point? Remember, he was still on the process, and everything that happened to him that time was for his lesson to learn, as God continues to show him His mighty power. We should remember that following God requires inner transformation. We cannot totally serve Him if our heart remain unchecked, for it would only cause our faith in Him to wave, especially in moments of discomforts mostly on matters concerning life and death.

God’s message:

David was overpowered by his fear, and he forgot to realize God was his Deliver starting from the paws of the bear and the lion, and the intimidating giant Goliath. Today, God reminded us that whenever situations concerning life and death arise, God is in control of everything for us who are part of His great plan.

God’s promise:

God is true to His promise, and He provides all the needs of His chosen people, especially those who are in the process of becoming His servant. If God is with us, no one and nothing can stand against us (Romans 8:31).

God’s command:

Always trust in the Lord our God, for He wants to see a good response from us, especially in times of the testing of our faith.

God’s warning:

Just like what happened to David, fear and lost of trust in the Lord would result to playing the role of an insane man. I am sure we do not want to live in insanity, so we must always put our trust in the Lord our God, all the time, especially in situations involving life and death.

Applications:

Always remember, God will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is true to His promise. And that is one thing He cannot do, to break His promise for us who obey in His words. So be sure to obey God so that we can always claim His promise. We cannot claim this promise if we deliberately disobey His commands. So know His commands and follow them to receive promise and we will live having no fear of everything.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ, we would like to thank You for reminding us once again today that you are always in control of our life. You are our Creator so You know us very well. We could feel fear sometimes and we would like to ask for forgiveness for not trusting in You, Lord. Please increase our faith in You. Thank You for Your Words that are coming to Your people today, and I ask that You’ll protect them, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

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