DON’T BET ON GOD, BELIEVE IN GOD –
After David’s friend Doeg the Edomite betrayed him, David narrowly escaped King Saul’s clutches. But the poor people in the village of Nob were not so lucky. Doeg had decided that sticking with King Saul was a better choice than sticking with wannabe king, David, so he willingly participated in a horrendous massacre of the villagers in Nob, something that still seems to be prevalent in that part of the world today. David was shocked, but it did not deter him from following God’s plan and will for his life. He knew who would come out the victor in the end.
“O One True God, I know I can trust You to prove my innocence and show everyone I meant no harm. Hear my prayer O One True God; listen closely to what I’m about to tell You. A bunch of cutthroats I’ve never met are suddenly trying to get rid of me; they are the kind of people who don’t give a second thought to what they are doing to people. I want them to know that the One True God is on my side; He’s the one who backs me up in situations like this. That’s why I believe this will backfire on them as soon as what they are up to is out in the open. Then I will praise and worship You for who You are and for Your goodness, O LORD Eternal. Yes, I’ll tell how You got me through this ordeal and allowed me to be a victor and not a victim.” Psalm 54:1-7
Reflection: Here’s how the story goes: A hurricane bore down on a coastal area with threatening power and speed. Police cars went around warning everyone to evacuate immediately. As they passed a church parsonage, the preacher was standing in front and calmly told the officers that he had full faith and trust in God to help him survive. The winds and tidal wave hit with unbelievable force, and as the water rose rapidly the Coast Guard passed by the parsonage in a boat and offered to give the pastor who was looking out the window of the second floor a ride to safety. But the Reverend waved them off with a smile as he told them emphatically that he trusted in God completely to carry him through. It wasn’t long before the minister was standing on his roof to get away from the rising flood. A Navy helicopter overhead saw him and lowered someone to pick him up. But the preacher remained adamant that he still believed that God would protect him. After being swept away with the parsonage by the roaring flood, the pastor, who couldn’t swim, drowned before he could be rescued. When he arrived in heaven the minister approached St. Peter and demanded to see God immediately. As he was ushered into the throne room, he begged God to explain why He let him suffer such humiliation when all along he believed that He would save him. Gently God replied, “I sent a police car, a rescue boat, and finally a helicopter, and you kept turning down My efforts to take you to safety. What else did you expect Me to do?” While David’s experience was quite different, the same principle applies. When we ask God for help in a crisis, we cannot expect Him to do things our way because we believe it’s the way it should be done. We often give Him our definition of a miracle and we want Him to perform it the way we outlined it. Believe it or not, some believers have such a superior attitude, that they expect God to do things in their way so they can be seen as having super-faith. But David had no such interest. He simply went to God in prayer and asked for directions. He wanted God to get all the glory for his deliverance, even if God’s way of helping him went against his concepts of deliverance.