The light our Darkness
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 ESV)
David’s life was full of disappointing moments. He had a lowly position as a shepherd and even his own father didn’t even consider him as an option when the prophet Samuel was looking for the son Jesse to be king. In addition, Saul initially befriended David, and was ok with all his tangible gifts as a soldier, politician, and musician, but even his king Saul vowed to kill him. Again, David was under pressure and had to flee for his life.
As results of his own sinful actions, he loses a child and broken fellowship with God. The God he loved and trusted. Those actions echoed in the lives of his children. With Absalom, David saw a bitter replay and intensification of many of his own past sins. God had predicted that David’s family would suffer because of his sin. God forgave David, but He did not cancel the consequences of his sin.
Alike, there are many others going tough consequences. While looking through some of the magazines from the Voices of Martyrs, there were quotes like; God has called us here, if we die, we die, deny or die, “There is no persecution in the Holy Land… Unless you share your faith” Pastor Steven Khoury
Western Christianity has grown weary of the values of allowing trials to mold us. We have lost the ability to find God in the uncomfortable challenges that life brings. We have made diligent efforts to stay clear of the unknown valley experiences even though we know that God is there. We have abandoned the positions of life totally yielded towards the obedience towards God’s will. Is our relationship with Him still the goal?
When have you last declared and meant it, “not my will, your will be done.” Our joy should not impinge on the situations of life. David has discovered a deeper light grounded in his inner self. We strive for the path of least resistance and we miss the lessons that draw us to a greater dependence on our Lord and, where we can develop trust and hope in God. This gives Him the Glory and for our well-being. Chaplain Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves there full-time. You can write him at email@example.com
Think About This: Real faith is not the stuff dreams are made of; rather it is tough, practical and altogether realistic. Faith sees the invisible but it does not see the nonexistent. A. W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Psalm 25:11