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 Post Post subject: Devotions - Monday, May 1st, 2006
Posted: Mon May 01, 2006 6:14 am 
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Reading: 1 Samuel 20-21; Psalm 34; Luke 21:20-38

Good morning Church,

From David's experience we hear this personal testimony:

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8)

The fact is that as we walk the face of this earth we are going to have difficulties. As we serve the LORD God in a place that is hostile to him, we will face difficulties. This is a fact. How we deal with these things should show us the measure or portion of faith we possess. We may feel like digging a hole and covering ourselves up to try to avoid the things coming our way but it does not mean that we will dig that hole.

David was a strange person. He had the backing and support of the army and the people, but he would not overthrow the king. The anointing was on David and still he would not come against the king. He faced many personal hardships but he would not take on himself what he believed was God's responsibility. He faced being caste-out from his nation, living in caves, constantly on the run, avoiding the king not out of fear but out of respect. Yet, all this time he held on to the knowledge that God was his redeemer and protector:

David did not walk around with this pie-in-the-sky attitude that God was going to make it easy. It was not easy being a shepherd. Not easy but God gave him the strength to overcome the bears, lions and any other adversaries that he faced. How much more even now? This was the reality of David:

A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all; (Psalm 34:19)

He did not crawl into a hole and die when he faced all the many troubles that he had to face; instead he leaned even more on the Lord.

It is unfortunate that people do not understand God's perspective, that they are unable to understand the strength he lends us for each day's battles. Instead of choosing the Lord some people try to escape their troubles by entering into a world that is unreal. They try to avoid things by blocking them with the stupor of alcohol, or the blindness of drugs, or the fantasy of books and computers. They try to create their own little perfect world built upon lies and false hopes. But Jesus called us to be real people, serving him in a real world, facing real troubles. Take this text as an example:

"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36)

I leave you with this old-time chorus that our pioneering parents once sang, and for good reason. Perhaps we should be reminding ourselves again that there is a reason Jesus told us to pray:

"All your anxieties, all your cares,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave them there.
Never a burden he cannot bear.
Never a friend like Jesus."

Be thankful, you could have had a calling like David's!

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