A Call to Stand

Throughout scripture we see examples of men and women who were called to stand and because of it the course of history was altered and God glorified. David at Ziklag had every reason to be discouraged and cast down, his King and father in law wanted to kill him, his family and possessions had been taken by an enemy, and his men frustrated by all that was going wrong wanted to stone him.

The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 30 verse 6 how David responded it says “…..but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” David made a conscious choice to trust in the absolute trustworthiness of God and thereby led his despondent men to a great victory. This is the God we serve. When we say, God I trust you and I submit to you, I believe your word is true and that you are faithful, I will walk whatever path you have set before me, I will take you at your word and hold onto your promises regardless of my feelings or situations. Then we show that our salvation is real and God’s light shines through us to give hope in a world of darkness.

Psalms 42:11 asks a question and then gives the only answer Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

In the book of Romans Paul finds himself asking much the same question when faced with the overwhelming awareness of his sinfulness coupled with his desire to change yet finding it difficult, he says ….. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Romans 7:24 He does not ask what or how but who shall remove him from this body of corruption that continually desires to sin….who will? Paul encourages himself with the only answer in verse 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul, David and many others have come to the end of themselves and found no hope anywhere except in the reality of who God is and that He has met their desperate need. He has done it. David and Paul saw no hope in their situations or circumstances but they choose to trust that God was in control and that He was trustworthy. This brought them great hope.

Today the significance of their decisions encourages us, who find ourselves in the same battles and struggles, to keep pressing on believing that the God who gave His own Son for us will also keep all His promises to us. Psalm 27 verse 13puts it this way ….. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Scripture teaches us that God is faithful. Because of this faithfulness God calls us to trust Him, which brings me to a poignant example of this kind of trust and the resulting light it brings.

Sometime in the spring Mark Christopher and I planted with much excitement and anticipation 40 sunflowers. The package described them as giants growing to over 12 feet tall. We planted and began the process of waiting. After about 7 days we checked to see if any had sprouted. We found none. Days turned into weeks and the busyness of life kept us from focusing on our sunflowers. Then one warm July day we took the time to look and much to our dismay Johnson grass had invaded our sunflower patch. Johnson grass grows very tall, thick and quickly. With all three of these characteristics present our sunflowers were nowhere to be seen. The weeds of life had overwhelmed and overtaken them. They had died in the fertile soil they were planted because they could not see the “Son”. Their roots were entangled and choked by the roots of their enemies and the “Water of life” they so desperately needed never found its way to their hearts and they died. Forty seeds all dead except ….one.

Published in: on July 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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