"But in my distress, I cried out to the Lord; He heard me from the sanctuary." 2 Samuel 22:7 (NLT)
All of us have a Goliath in our lives. For some, it's a financial Goliath. For others, it's relationship issues, health issues, or an addiction. A Goliath is something that continually brings anxiety and fear in our lives.
The Coronavirus seems to be the Goliath of our world right now. This epidemic is not only causing deaths but emotional distress and continued grief. When fear continues to hammer in our hearts, we must turn to the one who is our ultimate strength- Jesus. So how do we have faith and courage in such challenging times?
The life of King David offers us practical steps to implement our faith during uncertainty. Right after David kills Goliath, he experiences tremendous loss. He loses his wife, best friend, his home and becomes a man on the run. 1 Samuel 22:1 states, "So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam." He is at his lowest, in a cave, and depression sinks in.
1. Look to God for help.
Hardships have a way of sharpening our lives if we let them. 1Peter 1:7 states, "When your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise." Maybe you're reading this, and you feel crushed in spirit. You've sunk into depression. Here's what David did when he was at his lowest point. He looks up. He fixes his eyes on the Lord. He says in Psalm 57:5, "Be exalted O God above the highest heavens." See faith is when we trust in God when we have no clue what tomorrow will hold. And as the news changes by the minute, we are to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus one day at a time.
2. Ask others for support.
We also note that David was so hurt, he made it known to his close friends. He asked for help. In these trying times, don't hesitate to ask for help. Take your pain and concerns to God, but don't eliminate the role of your friends and the church. Make a phone call or send a text message to your loved ones. A good friend is a refuge and a shelter in hard times. Don't underestimate how much you encourage others by reaching out.
3. Express gratitude.
In 2 Samuel 7:18, he states, "Who am I Lord that you have brought me this far?" In a time of uncertainty, we need to step back and make a gratitude list. Instead of focusing on what we don't have, thank God for what you do have.
See, crisis creates dependent people. God wants to develop, in all of us, a dependent spirit that says, "Lord, I choose to trust in you." Rest assured, God's hand is in the chaos. King Jesus still calms storms.
- Take a couple of minutes and make a gratitude list.
- How does crisis create dependent people?
- Call a friend and share an encouraging word.