12 January 2018

The 'problem-free' lie

Of the kings of Israel, King David was undoubtedly the most well-known and influential of them all. His reign as king was marked by numerous victories, fervent moments of faith, his total loyalty to friends and his faithfulness to God.

But if you look a bit closer, you'll see that King David's life-story was also marred by adultery, persecution, murder, discord within his family, pain and suffering. So, how is it possible that such a great and wonderful king faced these terrible situations? He was the king after all. Why was he not spared from such pain?

"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed." (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Christianity does not exempt you from problems. It is not a ticket to a hassle-free life. Going to church every day, being faithful to God, participating in chains of prayers or campaigns does not mean that you will never have to cope with the pressures of this world. Being the King of Israel did not excuse David from problems and even the son of God, the Lord Jesus, had to endure all types of trials and tribulations.

But what made these two men, and countless other heroes in the Bible, overcome their problems was their connection to God. They knew the secret of their victories lay hidden in the House of God.

"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." (Psalm 27:4-5)

No matter what you face in life, you’ll find your answers in God's house. He won't prevent problems from coming into your life, but He will give you the courage, strength and weapons to overcome them all. Even Hezekiah drew strength from this truth. When he received the letter from King Sennacherib (2 Kings 19) Hezekiah's first response was not to panic or to declare war against the king, but he went to the temple of God and lay the letter before Him, knowing that his God would answer him. It is human nature to become distraught when faced with problems or to give up fighting for what you want, but you must not feed those thoughts with such actions. Instead, go to the house of God and He will answer your prayer!

Don't rely on your own strength or human knowledge, but give God a chance to send your enemies back from whence they came as He did with Hezekiah’s: "Because you rage against me and your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came." (2 Kings 19:28)

Remember: problems, difficult situations, pain, trials and the like, are not there to make you give up, but they give you a chance to go to God and ask for His help. Humble yourself before Him and know that all these things will lead to something good and beneficial in the end.

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." (Romans 5:3)

God bless you,

Marcelo Pires

Universal Church


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