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This Month's Promise

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

- (Romans 12:12)

Read: I Samuel 27: 1-4, 30: 1-7


“To you, O Lor d, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. ” (Psalm 25:1,2)

Afflictions are in a way beneficial to people of God. David’s affliction in this instance did two things for him. First, it restored him to his spiritual strength and courage. In I Samuel 27 we find David’s heart failed him and like a frightened deer he ran away from Judah to the land of the Philistines. We might think that this happened because Saul was close behind him ready to take his life. But no. This happened when it seemed least likely to happen - when David had humbled Saul to the dust by his magnanimity. At that victorious moment, David said, in his heart, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul” and went timid and crouching to seek the protection of a heathen king Achish. See, what man is when left to himself.! He can fall down even without a blow. Now, when we come to I Samuel 30th chapter we see the same David, calm and fearless and where? In a situation of utmost distress and danger, with his house burnt, his family in the hands of his enemies and with own six hundred men around him threatening to take his life. How was he able to say so? Because he found strength in the Lord. He wrote later, not in a quiet hour, no, in a fearful hour “When I am afraid, I will trust in you."

Second, David’s affliction restored him also self-distrust. He sought the counsel of the Lord now, which he had failed to do so earlier. Now he asked Abiathar to bring him the ephod and enquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” This is what the Scripture means by acknowledging God in all our ways. (Proverbs 3.6) And thus the affliction on David was a benefit to him - it restored him to his spiritual strength and courage and it led him to seek the counsel of the Lord and submit his ways to Him. As a result he won a great victory over his enemies recovering everything he had lost. Dear friends, sometimes we do things foolishly in our own ways. But since God loves us very much, He does not allow us to perish. He smites us only to warn us and correct us. O, how great are His mercies. They are from everlasting to everlasting.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, when afflictions come to me, help me to see what lessons they teach me. You are a merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in love. Forgive my stupidity. Help me to trust you and not my money power, or my strength or my wisdom during my crisis. Amen.