Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
We have discussed before that walking in God’s will doesn’t mean without hindrance and challenges (The Life Journey 4 “NOT THE HIGHWAY”). Hindrance and challenges will come without permission even oftentimes is bigger than our readiness to overcome it. If we want to keep move forward so ready or not we have to steadfast and face it.
Including me, Humans often make mistakes. When the problems suddenly standing hinder us, sometimes we forget to rely on God. Our spontaneous reaction is immediately find a way out by our own way and rely on the resources we have; Such as experience, knowledge and expertise, preparation, power/authority, relationships and the bigwig that we know, as well as money and wealth. We did pray first, but after saying “amen” we immediately rack one’s brains and immediately do this and that without waiting for confirmation from the Lord. If hastily, then unconsciously our hearts could be in the wrong position, hoping and counting on all that resources, and instead of relying on God!
“It isn’t good to have zeal without knowledge; nor being hasty with one’s feet and missing the way.” (Proverb 19:2 WEB)
I am in experiencing and feels that it is not easy waiting for God while the pressure continually come, feeling and mind getting depressed but God’s help doesn’t come and the miracle which we wait not come true. But there is no choice, if we want life true and experiencing a breakthrough we have to remain trust Him and keep waiting for Him.
When David was chased by king Saul, David had fled to the land of the Philistines and asked for protection to Achish bin Maokh and stayed there for one year and four months (1 Samuel 27: 1-2, 5-7). The king of Philistine assumes that David gave in to them. That is why when David was anointed becomes a king over all Israel; the Philistines take that as a threat. Then the Philistines marched against David to attack and capture him. This is what David did:
When the Philistines had come and conduct a raid in the valley of Rephaim, David asked God: “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.” (1 Chronicles 14:9, 10)
David was advanced against the Philistines as God’s command, and then he gained the victory as God promised.
After being defeated by David, the Philistines once again were trying to attack and invade in the valley of Rephaim. What David had done this time?
When the Philistines once again raid on the valley, then David asked again to God, then God answers: “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” (1 Chronicles 14:13-15)
And David did as God commanded him, and God keeps His promises.
Look, two times David experienced the same problem, in the same place, with the same enemies. Twice David also did the same thing, which is to ask in advance to God before doing anything. But please pay attention that God didn’t gave the same answer.
In the first assault, the Lord commanded David to attack directly. But in the second attack, God didn’t allow David attack directly but circle around them first then had to wait until the sound of marching in the tops of mulberry trees, after that which it is permitted to attack.
Remember … David was not an ordinary soldier. David was a war hero of Israel. He has a lot of experience in fighting and a lot to win, until the people compare it to king Saul, “Saul has struck down thousands enemies, but David was ten thousands.” (1 Samuel 18:6-7). But what the remarkable is that with all the battles he won, David still has obedience and self-control to not rely on his experience, but would wait for the Lord’s instruction and obey.
Simon Peter experienced two events that recur in his life. The first was when he has not become a disciple of Jesus but he knew that Jesus is the one who anointed by God. That’s why he called his “Master”.
At that time, Simon and his friends was catching the fish for all night along and got nothing. Then He commanded them to launch nets on the right side. This is Simon’s response: “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at Your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:4-6 WEB)
The second event occurred after Jesus was crucified and died; Simon Peter and several other disciples returned to their old profession as fishermen. That night they were catching fish in the lake of Tiberias. All night long they worked hard but did not get a fish at all. When the daylight came, Jesus appeared to them. Jesus gave the same command to them, which is down the net to the right side. Perhaps because of fatigue and despair, Peter and his companions obeyed Him. A miracle happened! Instantly their nets filled with fish. Then they realized that it was Jesus (John 21:1-4, and 6).
Peter and his friends were professional fishermen and have been put through the profession for many years. A fisherman who almost every day struggle in large lakes or the ocean certainly has the knowledge and expertise in assessing the weather and master the techniques of how to get fish. But they remain obey and did not argue with Jesus.
Many years ago when I was in junior high school, I was selected to participate in the quiz competition representing our school. We were trained by the best teachers in our school. We did mental preparation for months. Almost every day we pursue extra classes after school hours ended. We equipped with a variety of knowledge that we did not get in a regular classroom lessons.
With careful preparation, we successfully advanced to the final round to get into the provincial level. We beat our opponents easily. Confidence grows in us. Even so, we are not unaware. Additional classes remained held almost every day to hone our sharper.
One day before the final round comes! I was praying when God gave me verse in Proverbs 21:31 “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.”
Instantly I knew that I had made a mistake. I have relied on my preparation. I believe on myself and am sure will win the competition because I mastered the material. I actually forgot that God has helped me to understand and memorize all of the material so successfully set aside our opponents. Finally we failed to win the final round. That event is a good lesson for me. It is a warning stone for my next journey to not make the same mistake.
“No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.” (Psalm 33:16-17)
“For I do not trust in my bow, and I do not prevail by my sword. For you deliver us from our enemies; you humiliate those who hate us.” (Psalms 44:6-7 NET)
“Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver! Their life’s breath departs, they return to the ground; on that day their plans die. (Psalms 146:3-4 NET)
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage. (Proverbs 11:28)
“for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?” (Proverbs 27:24 ESV)
“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.” (Psalms 20:6 ESV)
GOD IS ALWAYS CREATIVE to help His people. So, if we face impenetrable obstacle, just wait for God to do things with His way. How long will we have to wait? I also don’t even know. One thing for sure, God will not to be late. The Lord will give strength and new hope when we waited for him faithfully. Let us do our task and part as well as possible. Do not be lazy and do not give up until the Lord help us to break through any obstacles! Seek the Lord and obey His leading. Trust and rely on God alone, “For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:11 UKJV)
“Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14 NET)
By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
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