Sunday, March 30, 2014

Just Wait

David had fled into the land of his enemies, the Philistines. He was protected there by a regional king, Achish, but there was danger lurking all around. Saul was a danger, the Philistines were a danger, even David’s tribesman, those in Judah, were a danger.
         David was in exile but God had not abandoned him there. Like Israel in the days of Egypt, he was in the wilderness but he would return. Like Jesus driven down to Egypt by the wicked Herod, he would return. Like Jesus in the wilderness of temptation, ministered to by angels, David is desperate but not abandoned. He feels alone but he is not alone. God had not forsaken nor forgotten him. This trial in the wilderness was a necessary part of David’s coming into His kingdom. God wanted David to know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it was God who was His strength, that it was God who was his fortress. This could only be the case if David was in dire circumstances and without hope in the world, save for His God who brings the captives home and raises the dead.
         Some of you are in wilderness. You are not alone. God has many options for you. Do not despair. Get to the end of yourself so that you can more fully rely on His strength and deliverance.
         The rest of you will be in the wilderness one day, perhaps several times in your life. Do not forget when you were there in the past and God delivered you. When you go there again, remember what God has done for David and wait upon Him. Remember what He has done for you in the past and wait upon Him. God is not weak. He is watching and He will act.
         Why do you say, O Saints, and speak thus, O People of Christ, saying,

Isaiah 40: 27 My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?  28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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