The Blessing of Affliction – Testing the Promises of God
Few things in life hurt as much as problems with those who are close to us in life.
Most people invest most heavily in their family and friends; thus our wife, husband, children, and close friends become the precious treasures of life.
So what happens when we lose them?
What happens when a child is swept away lamentably, a marriage ends horribly, a wife is taken tragically, a husband is gone unexpectedly, or friends are ripped from us unknowingly?
Those are times of deepest woes.
Those are the afflictions that we can say overwhelm us like a flood.
Those are the sorrows that can make our world crash down all around us.
Those are the problems that can plague us so that we feel like we cannot make it through another wave of trouble.
Today one of the classic passages on being completely overwhelmed with grief, sorrow and pain is 1st Samuel 30:1-6. This is the essence of God’s recovery program for those who are hurting!
1 Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
The key is the last phrase. This idea of “strengthened”. The question we need to ask is how did David do that? What is the key when we are struggling?
Ever feel drowned by sorrow? Ever feel overwhelmed by grief? Then reach out and grab the Lord by faith like you would do if it was the horn of the altar, like it is the feet of the only One who can save your beloved child, or like it was the wall that alone can stand between you and your enemies, or like the only weapon you have to stay alive when attacked. That is the way the man after God’s heart did it – and that is how we should respond!
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