The Last Laugh

Greetings!! Man, it’s been a while since I’ve written. So much has happened, I really don’t know where to begin. I could sum it all up by simply saying, “God has been faithful, and my whole life HAS CHANGED!!” But that wouldn’t make much of an article, would it? So, I’ll begin by reminding you of something you already know: With God, all things are possible, so it’s best to never say never.thFDWHJS1P

I’ve always thought that Genesis 18: 10 – 19 is one of the coolest stories in the Bible. Remember…? The Lord had come to visit Abraham and told him, “About this time next year, I’ll come back to see you, and your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah had been listening to this conversation, and when she heard the Lord say she would have a son she laughed to herself as she thought, “I am old and worn out. How can I have a son?”

“Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and question whether or not she would really have a child. Is anything too hard for the Lord?’ Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, ‘I did not laugh.’ But the Lord said, ‘Yes, you did laugh.’” I love that. I can imagine the Lord with an almost smirky disposition saying, “Oh, but you did laugh.”

The Bible (and our lives) are filled with examples of God accomplishing the impossible. How often have we laughed, like Sarah, and thought to ourselves, “That could never happen.”? And yet time and time again, God comes through (often, dramatically at the last moment), keeps his word or does the completely unexpected. The cool thing about it is that so much of the time we don’t even realize that He is working in our lives until the “big event” takes place. We lose hope, trudge through life with a blah, blah attitude and forget that He never stops working to bring about His glory- and our good! He promised us He would always do that, and unlike me, He is incapable of lying.

Listen, don’t forget that as a lover of Jesus, you have been adopted into the very family of God. And your DADDY loves you with the same love that he has loved Jesus (John 17:23). Don’t let life make you feel hopeless or cynical. Yes, we deal in reality, but don’t forget; Jesus IS reality. And oh yeah, don’t laugh at what God may speak to you because He always gets the last laugh.

 

 

Ziklag

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (I Samuel 30:6)

David knew that God had promised that one day he would be king, but now, on the run from King Saul; he and his men were living like bandits. They had left their town of Ziklag, and had gone to try and join the Philistine army (go figure) in battle. When the Philistines refused them, they made their way home only to find that the Amalekites had raided them and taken away everyone in town. Their wives and kids had all been taken captive, and the people considered killing David. You have to admit, that would be enough to at least bum you out a little. “But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”

People may not be thinking about stoning you right now, but you may be going through something that has you demoralized and ready to give up. Perhaps you had been cruising along, enjoying victory after victory in Jesus, when BAM!! You wake up to find your whole world has changed. Or maybe, it’s just a series of things that has you bewildered, unsure of what to do or where to go, and you’ve gotten really depressed. I know I’ve been there, and I still go there too. I think there’s something we can learn from David. “But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”

I don’t think David got all psyched up doing some kind of positive confession mumbo-jumbo, telling himself that he was the head and not the tail, blessed and highly favored, above and not beneath  or anything like that. Notice, the Bible says he strengthened himself in the Lord. David didn’t try to pump himself up by telling himself how awesome he was, I believe that he began to recall how awesome God is. I think David remembered the faithfulness that God had shown him throughout his life. He recalled the victories and the hardships of the past, remembering that his faithful Shepherd had not once abandoned him, even in the valley of the shadow of death. Perhaps he even pulled out his “guitar” and worshiped the Lord, singing of His beauty and steadfast love. And as David waited before God, and allowed the Spirit of God to restore him and cause his faith to rise; he was strengthened in the Lord. He was able to believe that God was still with him, and able to deliver him out of his trouble. And that same God is able to deliver you my friend! In times of trial, the enemy wants you to give up or find consolation in a bottle or drugs or whatever, but your strength lies in the Lord my dear brother and sister. No matter what loss you have suffered, no matter how dark it is around you right now, no matter if those closest to you have begun to doubt you; God will give you strength.

In I Samuel 30, David strengthened himself in the Lord (v6), and then inquired of God as to how he should respond to the situation (vv7-9). The Lord did not disappoint! David and his men were able to rescue their families and return home safely. Don’t give up or give in my friend. Instead go, strengthen yourself in the Lord. I know it’s hard, but get up right now and go pray! Go and seek the face of God, for you are dear to Him.