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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Resolute Faith"

Date published: 12/22/2016
2 Sam 12:21-23 “His servants asked him  (David), ‘Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!’  He answered, ‘While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept.  I thought, “Who knows?  The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.”  But now that he is dead, why should I fast?  Can I bring him back again?  I will go to him, but he will not return to me.’" (NIV) 

   This Scripture offers a powerful example of faith and prayer. King David desperately wanted his child to live. For seven days he fervently prayed, wept, and fasted for the life of his child. David’s fervency in seeking God actually uneased those who witnessed it. They feared how he might react to the death of his son. To their surprise David did not fall apart when his son died, but resumed living. His answer to the servants revealed the depth of David’s faith in God.  

   David practiced a faith that was genuine. His faith was seasoned to withstand almost any outcome because he believed in the God he served. David revealed three facets to his faith: 1) He believed in God’s power, grace, and love to heal his child. He had experienced God’s power and knew He could act again. 2) Though David believed in God’s power, he reflected a respect for God’s choice by outwardly and fervently expressing his faith. He pursued God with everything he had. He knew how much God loved a fervent heart that loved and believed in Him. 3) He knew that whether his son was healed or died, God was in control. He believed in God’s goodness, love, and grace no matter the circumstances. David reflected a steadfast belief in God’s higher purpose in Isaiah 55:8, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD.” (NIV) 

   Let’s learn from David that the object of our prayers is God’s will - not our will. God is working towards a higher purpose that promotes the kingdom of God rather than us. God uses difficult times for many things, but most importantly God desires His life, love, and purpose to be magnified through Christians. Seek God’s strength and wisdom as you traverse all of life’s circumstances. Trust in God’s sovereignty and purpose for you. 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (NIV) 

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