1 Samuel 21:1-22:5

1 Samuel 21:1-22:5

Vintage message from November 1, 1998.

All of us will face discouragement as believers. Each and every one of us in our lives will face discouragement. Each and every one of us at times in our lives will face things that we do not want to face. We will have circumstances happen that we did not plan. The unexpected creeps up on all of us, and the unexpected oftentimes is very unpleasant, and will bring us to depths of discouragement that we never thought imaginable… Trusting God is not always easy, trusting God is not always fun, and oftentimes, more times than not, God’s plans for our life are not our plans for our life. And we become discouraged when God does not do things our way. When God does not give me my way, I become discouraged! And in our discouragement, we put ourselves into some very, very bad situations. We get ourselves into trouble, and then as soon as we’re in the trouble, then we start crying out to God again, “Oh God, save me! Protect me!”

…There is nothing, nothing that we are, nothing that we do, that amounts to anything outside of the relationship and obedience that we’re supposed to have to God. The problem that we have in life most of the time is that we see glimpses of what God wants to do with us. We hear these little whispers in our ear. “I want to use you.” …Anytime God calls us, anytime God wants to do something in our life, there is a training period that goes along with that call, and there’s also God’s enemy out there who wants to discourage the call. There are distractions in life, and the greatest distraction in life is our own flesh that God has to get out of the way. Before God can use us in any kind of successful way, He needs to remove our flesh, our desires, our expectations…

But this is the thing I find in our life so often: even when we are discouraged and distressed, there are men that are truly listening to God. There are those who stand before God and pray and seek God’s will… If you believe God has called you to something, just because it’s not happened yet, don’t flee from it. Don’t run away from it. Give God time to work it out. Give God time to make the changes in your life, to strengthen your life, to give you the training you’ll need in order for Him to do that great thing in your life that He’s called you to…

It is so typical of our human nature. We are so wishy-washy where God is concerned. One minute we’re trusting God, “Oh, man! I’m a mighty warrior for God, and nothing’s going to move me! — Oh, man! Look at that enemy! Oh, oh, I think I’m moving!” You know? And it’s usually not the people that we’re afraid of, but it’s the challenge to my faith that I’m afraid of… David brings me to this place of understanding, God is above it all. God is not discouraged. God is not discontented. God is not in debt. God is not distressed in any way. Do you realize that God is not distressed in how we respond to Him? God does not have to flee. God does not have to run and hide even though we find ourselves doing that… He knows what’s going on in our lives, he knows why it’s going on in our lives, and He’s waiting for us to just simply calm down, come and sit in His lap, and let Him work it out. He calls us to these places of time of prayer before Him, time of searching our soul…

God, You’re the greatest. There is none like You. My problems are insignificant compared to Your greatness…

Pastor Dave Elkins