In this day of uncertainty, we look around us and wonder how we will survive the economic crisis, the unrest of foreign nations, the ever-present threat of terror in our own nation and the many daily troubles that beset each of us. In this environment, it is hard to avoid worry; to avoid a restless or sleepless night. How can we be at peace when everything around us seems to be crumbling and our very foundation seems unstable? We’ve been introduced to a climate of change and our president has promised more. Are we ready for whatever that means to us individually?
In the middle of all of this, it is hard to believe that anyone, other than our immediate family, really wants what’s best for us. So, we feel we cannot afford to put our possessions and other precious things into the hands of another. If you can relate, then you are not alone. The outcome seems hopeless and the future bleak indeed.
But, what if there was a stable force that would allow us to experience hope and joy in the middle of the muddle? What if the future was assured and the present merely a path to it? What if the things that seemed the most frightening were really necessary to reach the desired end? Would you be less fearful; more willing to face each new day?
The truth is that there are many in history who have experienced similar circumstances. Some have even been threatened with the loss of their very lives. King David was just such a person. Before he became king, he was a shepherd who knew how to take care of himself and his sheep. He would make up songs of praise to God while watching the flock around him for signs of danger or fear. His king was Saul, the father of his best friend Jonathan. Saul was the king of choice for the people, but God had chosen David. Needless to say, Saul had a problem with David. Saul wanted David eliminated and sent his men after David to accomplish that task. David’s was not a secure future!
David spent the next part of his life in cold, dark caves longing for sunlight and fresh air and wondering why the God who wanted him king would allow him to be in such an awful predicament! There were times when David was close enough to an unguarded Saul that he could have killed him. David knew, however, that God had placed Saul in the position of king, at the people’s request, and that God was still in charge. God wanted David to honor the position of king that he would someday hold. So David waited…and he said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13, 14)
David knew that the goodness of God would always reign in His Heaven, but David said that he would see that same goodness in the land of the living! His hope was to see God’s hand at work in the world around him. He believed in God because He knew who God was. He had experienced God’s goodness and was willing to wait for the evidence of it in his present and in his future.
We must think like David if we want peace to reign in our daily lives. We must seek God, ask Him to be a part of our lives, get to know Him and then trust Him with all that we are and all that we have. Then, like King David, we can say, “… I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living… wait, I say, on the Lord”!