Trusting in God’s Strength through Trials

Credit: The Leading Edge Blog
Credit: The Leading Edge Blog

We depend on many things to get us through our daily lives. A couple of months ago, I was driving to the college campus and I hit a huge pot hole. I didn’t realize it at the time, but air was slowly leaking and I continued to drive on it back home. The next day I got in my car to drive to work and I thought there was a box underneath my front right tire. Nope, it was completely flat. Good news I had a second car, but it reminded me of my dependence on material objects, especially when one of them fails. Can you think of any other material objects we depend on daily?

Though we may rely on material objects, they can let us down. The one we should ultimately depend on is God Himself. We can trust in his salvation and rest because of the strength and guidance He gives us. In this Psalm, David flees from Absalom to Jerusalem. No matter the trial David was experiencing, God was his shelter and protector. Let’s Read Psalm 27:1-2

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid? This Scripture Identifies God in three ways:

  1. Light – God’s guidance directed David’s steps.
  2. Salvation – Physically, God could rescue David from any temptation.
  3. Stronghold of his life – God could be trusted. He provided security to David numerous times.

God’s presence in David’s life in those ways meant something else was removed. What was that? Fear: In what kind of situations do you feel afraid? I know for me, it’s when I am uncertain what the future holds. The thought of driving can be fearful for me because you don’t know what to expect. Someone might run a red light and crash right into you.

Fear can come in the form of finances, relationship problems, or spiritual separation. The light that God provides is His salvation, and it eliminates the fear of eternal separation. The reason that we can trust in this light is because it is a person and not just a thing. He keeps His promises and we know that He loves us. Let’s read the next two verses.

V.2-3: “When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell. Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confidence.”

In these two verses, David highlighted that evildoers who were against him did not cause him to be afraid; he was still confident in God. Because he knew the Lord’s power was so much greater, David trusted in his God. How does the confidence in your salvation affect how you face the dangers of life? For me, I don’t have to worry about death because God has defeated it. What are some positive and negative ways to face our dangers in life? Positive: pro-active, negative: worry, anger. Recognizing God’s provision and protection led David to worship. Let’s now read verses 4-6.

“I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple. For He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity; He will hide me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock. Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord.”

We all want something: to fulfill a childhood dream, to work in a certain career, to have a spouse and/or children some day. However, David recognized that he could only find security through the presence of God. No human achievement, level of self-righteousness and morality, or power influence can deliver security to us. So David decided to ask for the one thing from God that would give him security. What was it that he asked for? Dwell in God’s presence. What does it mean to seek God’s presence?

I pray you seek His presence today through the Bible, prayer, and fellowship with a local, bible-believing church. God bless.

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