1 Samuel 20:3 …”But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me (David) and death.”
These were the words spoken by David when he visited Jonathan after Saul pursued him to Naioth. David’s situation was dire. The weight of his circumstances were weighed on his shoulders. No doubt he was praying for God to change Saul’s heart so David would not have to live on the run. David likely longed to return home to be with his family, live in his own home, and have the security of his job. Imagine him sitting behind the rock pile all alone in the field. His life hung in the balance as he waited for the verdict. Then it came. The news he dreaded most. He again had to flee for his life. Think of the rejection, the loss, uncertainty, the pain. He wept embracing his best friend in a final good-bye.
We all want security, stability, a sure foundation. Some of us may know, as David did, what its like to have our world shaken and no foundation to stand on. Sometimes life is a terrifying free fall. When it hits bottom we may wonder if the pieces are even big enough to rebuild. God did not deliver David from his circumstances, but he delivered him through. In the end God was David’s rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, salvation, stronghold, and savior (2 Samuel 22:2-3). When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:1-2).
Thank you Lord that you are my sure foundation. I am completely secure in your arms. Help me to hold my peace when the tide of trials sweeps in. Help me to keep trusting you in the fire of adversity. Thank you that you work all things together for good and you give me a crown of beauty instead of ashes.