The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 7 16 2011
Happy Sabbath, Berean! Do you ever get discouraged? Feel like God is not answering your prayers when everything is going wrong in your life? And you’re doing all you know to do? Ever wonder where God is when you can’t find your way, and all seems dark and forbidding? King David could relate. Although he was chosen as the anointed king of Israel, Saul had hunted his life so much so that, “David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines. I Samuel 27:1. Wow! The champion of Israel seeking refuge in the land of Israel’s bitterest enemies! David’s fatal mistake was listening to “himself” and not trusting in the promises of God as he had in the past. I think we all can understand how David must have felt—Saul hunting his life day and night, having no place to call his home, living in a constant state of fear with no relief in sight. And God didn’t seem to be fixing the problem. How was God’s promise to make him king to be fulfilled when he was a fugitive—not for a day or a month, but for years?
David was spiritually, physically and mentally exhausted. And that, my friend, is when real trouble comes. Sometimes, like David, we begin to “say in our hearts” which path we should take when God seems missing in action. David forgot how God had led him in the past. True, Saul sought to kill him, but God had delivered him each and every time. Sometimes God’s way of answering what course we should pursue isn’t revealed until circumstances should indicate our course. But we will never know that if we don’t keep our eyes on Jesus and obey Him implicitly. Listening to himself led David down a path of duplicity, disaster and spiritual loss. Let’s learn from his mistake.
Berean, Christian education will teach our children stories like this one to encourage them to have a faith that looks beyond circumstances and waits for God’s deliverance. Let’s continue to support Christian education by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education line).