What Faith! What Courage! What Trust!
Read 2 Samuel Chapter 12
2Sa 12:20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 21 His servants asked him, “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!” 22 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.’ 23 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.” 24Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him;
It is no wonder that God referred to David as “a man after My own heart.” The faith, trust, and belief David showed in this passage is a great example for everyone who has lived since his time. To set the stage, David had sinned. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and topped it off by having her husband killed in battle. That’s pretty severe. As a result, God decreed that the son who had been conceived in adultery would not live. During the seven-day course of the son’s illness, David prayed. He prayed, fasted, and wept for the entire week. At the end of the seven days, his son died.
When David heard the news, he did not rant and rail against God. He got up, washed himself, put on lotions, changed his clothes, went to the house of the Lord, and worshiped. Man! That’s a testimony! After days of sincere, repentant prayer and fasting, he refused to turn against the Lord. Instead, he worshiped! His faith, trust, and love for God was stronger than his desire for a positive answer to his prayer.
Every one of us has prayed, time and time again, for God to take away our same-sex attractions. It hasn’t happened. The Lord has silently said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” The SSA man or woman who have experienced this cycle have three choices. He can curse God and refuse to serve or worship Him for the remainder of his life. He can get angry with the Lord and begin living a life-long pity party. Or, He can take the example of David’s life and respond correctly. He can resolve to serve and worship God regardless of what God brings about in his life.
There are no ifs when it comes to serving and worshiping God. He is worthy of our love and devotion no matter what happens in our lives. He is Lord, and we are not. He wants us to devote our lives to Him, without attaching any ifs to our commitment. “I will worship and follow You if……………..” That’s not acceptable. We worship and follow Christ even when all the “ifs” turn out differently that we wish. He is looking for followers who will not desert Him, ever, for any reason.
If we find ourselves having “reason” to turn away from God, we have another opportunity to repent. We can, and must, throw away all of our preconceived notions of what kind of God we will serve. Our Lord will never, ever, forsake the man or woman who follows Him regardless of the circumstances he or she encounters. God is faithful, true to His word. He is worthy of our full devotion, all the time.
Prayer: Father, this is so hard sometimes. Our lives have been full of trials, tribulations, troubles, evils, etc. It is difficult to get beyond them sometimes. Help us, O Lord, to have the faith of David. Give us the strength to carry on, in full assurance that You are guiding our lives in such a way that will honor You and also turn out for our good.