Many Christians have the erroneous belief that if they just try hard enough to be good, then they can escape the trials of life. But the Bible teaches us something completely different: “The righteous person may have many troubles, . . .” (Psalm 34:19). However, we can find joy in the conclusion of this verse: “. . . but the Lord delivers him from them all.” No matter what we face in life, God will be there with us. Only God can turn our worst tragedies into victories.
King David of the Old Testament faced more life-changing trials than many of us ever will. His life was often at risk from enemies who sought to kill him. He suffered great consequences for his sins and errors in judgment. He was even betrayed by a rebellious son. Yet through his example, we see how David was able to use his suffering to bring glory to God.
Read Psalm 3. During the time David wrote this psalm, he was in hiding from his own son Absalom, who was plotting to dethrone him (see 2 Samuel 15). David had experienced a bitter betrayal by his own son and some of his closest friends. His life was on the line. His heart was broken. He was struggling in his spirit as to why this was happening. David cried out, “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!” (Psalm 3:1).
Have you ever been betrayed by people you loved and trusted? Sometimes the emotional and spiritual wounds made by another person can hurt far worse than any sword. One of Satan’s favorite tricks is to cause dissension in our families, relationships, and churches. When we maliciously speak against another person or stir up rebellion, we become an Absalom in the household of David.
But sometimes personal attacks can be used for a greater good. If you are experiencing a trial right now, ask God to show you how He wants you to use it. Is your trial an opportunity to share your personal testimony? What may seem like a dark valley may be the open door to share about Christ’s grace and provision in your life.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You would be glorified in the midst of my trials. Show me what You want to teach me during this time. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain” (Psalm 3:4).
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