I Samuel 21-22; I Chronicles 5; Psalm 52; Acts 15

Psalm 52:1 The goodness of God endures continually.

Psalm 52:8 I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever

Psalm 52:9 I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

There are several movies that I watch over and over, like Napoleon Dynamite and Open Range.  I also cannot toss a shelf-full of books that I periodically browse, choosing one, such as Screwtape Letters, to re-read for the umpteenth time. Something about those stories draw me back even though I know the ending and can quote favorite lines. Maybe I crave the emotional connection I felt at the first – love, war, thrills, horror, tear-jerking sadness, laughter – a reflection of myself or an image of who I want to be.

Yet, I’ve been told that if we could see the future we might not want to know the ending. Such was David’s story when he was running from Saul and needed the help of the local priesthood. I Samuel 22: 20-23 tells us that Saul had killed the Lord’s priests because they gave David provisions. When David heard the news from the lone survivor, he said, “I knew that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have caused the death of all the persons of your father’s house.” Would David have made a different decision if he knew he could change the ending of that story?

And is the story’s end even possible to change? Philosophers have wrestled with this question for eons. Fate, destiny, existentialism, karma – man’s attempt to make sense of what befalls him. Today I hear many people pronounce the most limpid sentiment of all, “It is what it is.” To me this statement seems a low blow to the purposeful life created by God. David did not see that the tragedy of the priests’ deaths fulfilled a prophecy made years ago about the family of Eli. David could not have stopped what had already been determined in the heavens. So shall we say we have no control over what happens to others by our actions? I wonder.

I also wonder what plans God has for me. He knows His works from all eternity (Acts 15: 18), and “…we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them, (Ephesians 2:10). Will I trust that my Creator knows all that I need do? If so, then this testimony will produce courage and confidence in times of uncertainty.  Not knowing what is to come, will I wait on His mercy, believing that He alone is truly good?  If so, then I may yet see that God breathed life into my being for a purpose. My years on this earth are numbered, to be sure; but these numbered years are mine to live.

JW

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One response to “I Samuel 21-22; I Chronicles 5; Psalm 52; Acts 15

  1. Jim and I have been living this the past year, having met and getting to know his biological siblings for the first time. This summer we take a trip to visit “their” family vacation home. And it’s left us sort of breathless at times (I can’t think of a better word to describe it). Jim’s life took such a different tack the moment his mom gave him up for adoption and 60 years later the ramifications have effected generations. It’s so odd to see his brother who looks so much like him and hear about the family. The long and short of it is that we are so thankful how God has worked in our lives no matter what the joys and sorrows that have come our way. We are so mindful at the hand of God directing us. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. God can make beauty out of ashes to be sure. That’s our case. Great post.

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