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Faith or Flight?

December 11, 2017

“In the Lord I put my trust.”

Those are easy words to say, but not so easy to live. It is easy to say “I trust the Lord” while sitting on a grassy hillside watching the sheep. They are easy words to say when a comfortable bed waits in a warm home. They are easy words to say while ruling over a peaceful land. They are easy words to say when things are going well and life is comfortable.

But what about when life is difficult? What about when the lion attacks the flock? What about when the giant challenges the people of God? What about when the king starts throwing spears with murderous intent? What about when a traitor usurps the throne? What about when disease hits? What about when a job is lost or health crumbles? What about when friends and family oppose righteousness? Trust in God is proven when life is difficult and living for Him is costly.

How can the Christian trust God? Confidence in God comes from personal knowledge of the character of God. He who knows his God will not run from the threats of the wicked. He who knows the character of God will not hide from the prospect of trouble. “The righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) Though some counseled him to flee, David stood firm in the face of wicked men. David’s answer to craven counsel is the character of His God.

God is the just judge. When the wicked pressed in upon him, David held to the truth that God is the righteous judge. He could face the attacks of wicked men because he knew God will execute righteous judgment. The prosperity and power of the wicked is very, very brief. God will judge the wicked. In Nahum 1:6 the question is asked, “Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of his anger?” The wicked cannot stand against the wrath of God. Ask Sodom. Ask the Canaanites. Ask the Jews. When God pours out His wrath, none can stop it.

God loves the righteous. The righteous are comforted by the just judgment of God because of this, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” If God upholds, then who can overthrow? God looks on His children with great favor. He smiles upon them and blesses them with eternal good. They may suffer for a time, but their joy will be eternal.

God is King. No greater comfort is given in the Bible for the suffering Christian than the certainty that God is in charge. Everything that happens is under His control. Nothing is accidental or random. He reigns and will reign forever.

No matter what the Supreme Court does, Congress does, the President does, no matter what agenda wins the day, or what the nations of the world do, God still reigns. No matter what happens at home, in the family, at work or in your body, God is still in charge. This is great comfort! “For we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us.”


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