Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so, David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, ‘Go, for I will surely deliver the philistines into your hands.” – 2 Sam 5:18
David has been anointed king over Israel. He has been given the City of David and a new palace has been built for him. David has amassed all the power and wealth of Israel under one banner and the people are united under him. Yet even with all this power, he is humble and “Inquires of the Lord,” unlike his predecessor Saul, who decided he didn’t need the Lord’s counsel.
The true test in life comes not when we are down or when things are going wrong in our lives. It is not when we get bad medical reports or even lose a child. No, the greatest test comes when we are strong and things are going right. The test comes when we have amassed a family and wealth; when we have “Made it.”
It is in these times I must pray the hardest and read the most in the Scripture. It is in these times that I have to take the time to grow our relationship with Christ. I must ensure that my relationship to God hasn’t changed and that I remain humble in heart, because in the good times it is easier to forget God and our need for Him.
God grants times of good things when I am faithful to Him. Times of rest and relative wealth; times of peace without the storm constantly raging. These times are used to reflect and grow in His goodness and grace. It is in this time I must be thankful and remember all that He has done for me, because I did not get to where I am at all on my own.
It is in times like this that Colossians 3:15-16 become so important, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,” and “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly,” “And be thankful.” I must remember that all good things come from my Father in heaven who richly rewards those who are faithful to Him. It may not be with money, but with something far more valuable, peace and rest. God bless you all and may the Peace of the Lord be with you today.
To the Glory of God,