Fresh Hope – 21st May 2018

One of the most popular characters in the bible and one of my personal favourites is David.

David is mentioned more times in the Bible than any other Biblical character.  His name to many of us is immediately associated with the time when he confronted Goliath the giant.  The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the most widely known biblical accounts. David had an ‘interesting’ life, to say the least. He is known as the shepherd, the fugitive, the adulterer, the King, all in one.

But most importantly throughout these seasons of his life, he maintained his title as ‘a man of great faith’.

David grew into a godly, wise, much-loved king.  Samuel 18:14 says “..and David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him”. He was a man of much prayer, praising the Lord and blessing the heart of God with his songs (psalms). Nobody could have been more intimate with God than David.We love to read of David’s many exploits i.e. slaying lions and bears and, finally Goliath. God’s love was clearly upon David, and He clearly had a great plan for his life. But then,  King Saul came after David with wrath and David ran for his life, hiding in caves until he simply got tired of the battle. He was weary and he must have thought, “I’m so tired of this! If I’m so special to the Lord, chosen for this hour, then why am I in such deep trouble?”

In 1 Samuel 21, we read that in his time of despair, David fled to a place called Gath, the very hometown of the giant Goliath, whom he had slain. David had not sought the Lord about this move; he had just impulsively run. Looking for refuge, David put his life into the hands of a mean king and he became trapped.  Perhaps we could think ‘how foolish of David, after what he had done to Goliath, how did he expect to be received in Goliath’s hometown?’ Even though David was unfaithful at that moment, God was still faithful and his plan for David was still in place. God didn’t write him off; in fact, he was moving everything into place to ensure David’s blessing. “I anointed David King — and he will be king! He has a contrite heart and my plan for him is still on schedule.”

Perhaps, like David, you have gone through some kind of senseless periods in your life. Where you have acted according to the flesh and run ahead of God. Or you are simply weary and tired from the challenges you have faced. You might have had a negative label attached to you that you are not proud of or maybe for you this is your ‘king’ season – a good season of your life. One thing we learn about David throughout,  is that in whatever situation he was in, good or bad, he always sought God and drew close to Him. He remained steadfast in seeking God and did not shy away because of the things he had done.  God didn’t write him off, in fact, God maintained His love for David and his plan and purpose for him.

Let it remind you that we are not to despair, but to keep our faith and seek Him.

 

You may have gotten off track, but God’s plan is still in place.

Your Father remains faithful.

Christine Mudenha

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