Posts Tagged ‘faithfulness’
I recently forgot what I did with my car keys. I can remember holding on to my keys thinking…”if I don’t put these in a safe place I’m going to loose them”. I put them in my jacket pocket, threw it in the back seat, and the keys fell out under the seat. After a day of searching and trying to recall what I did with them, I found them. As humans, we often forget some of the most simplistic things in life. It may be due to busyness, or lack of attention. Other times it just may be because we’re lazy.
I’ve found in my relationship with God it is so easy to forget what He’s done for me. However, recently I’ve discovered God actually reminds us of the blessings and the challenges He’s allowed to come our way. I’m so thankful that even though I forget, He doesn’t forget me.
1 Samuel recounts the time David was being pursued by Saul. David, the soon to be King of Israel was being chased throughout the desert by Saul and his men. One of the towns David came to was Gath. Gath was the hometown of Goliath whom he’d killed earlier in his life.
I wonder what David must have been thinking as he entered Gath…
Thru God’s providence, he led him back to the hometown of the first man who wanted to kill him. God provided 5 smooth stones to kill Goliath. God was going to provide a way of protection against Saul too. I’m not sure if David recognized it at the time, but God was reminding him of his past provision and protection by taking him back thru Gath.
We do know that David penned Psalm 34 around this time.
David says, “I sought the LORD and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
“Lately, I’ve been asking God to remind me specifically of who I really am and what He’s done for me. I’ve taken several trips back thru my own personal city of “Gath”.
Has God taken you back to a “Gath” moment in your life?
I’m so thankful that our God is the King of complexity. Not only in the way in which our world works but also how He works. Lately, I’ve been studying the faithfulness of God. What has struck me most is God’s timing. He never takes the simple way, the way that makes the most sense. No, as a matter of fact He usually shows up in a way in which no one else could. In a way that seems complex to us but yet so simple for Him.
Daniel 3 records the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace. These men followed their leader as far as they could until he asked them to break God’s law. They chose to disobey their leader and were sent to the furnace for it. God could have rescued them before they ever hit the flames, but He didn’t. Instead, God waited till all the important people of Babylon were around to see Him show up. He rescued Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego in a way none of them would have expected. It made such an impact on King Nebuchadnezzar that he says “no other god can save in this way.” vs. 29
What seems like God waiting till the last minute is actually His perfect plan coming together. I don’t know where you are right now but know that God is in control even when it doesn’t look like it.