“’I am in great distress,’ Saul said. ‘The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams.’” 1 Samuel 28:15.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 28-29, Psalm 109, and Matthew 11.
Saul is in big trouble. He has a formidable enemy and God is no longer with him.
No wonder he was in great distress!
How often do we get distressed? Big things? Little things?
We all have “enemies” to deal with in this life. They are formidable, at least in our minds.
But how can anything be formidable for believers?
“In this world, there will be trouble.” We’re not going to avoid it.
But if we have something Saul didn’t have; God, why should we be afraid?
We behave as if God is not with us. If I have an umbrella with me, and it starts to rain, I know that I have protection.
Don’t believers have protection? Isn’t God on their side?
Is it possible that our faith is so shallow that we aren’t even sure that God is with us?
The wise man built his house upon the rock so that when the storms came his house was not in trouble.
I must be conscious full-time that God is with me. I must converse with Him. I must think about Him. I must know His Words. I must be fully aware that He is the difference between calmness and distress as I face what comes my way.
“Lord, forgive me for acting as if You aren’t even around. For fearing. For doubting. You are everywhere. You will be with me in all of life’s situations. You can be fully trusted. I will not be like Saul (distressed) if I am aware of Your presence in my life.”
If God is with us why do we get so distressed?