Summary: Saul, Pt. 3
LIFE IS A TEST (1 SAM 13:5-15)
There are many tests in life: death of loved ones, getting the pink slip, and difficulties in the marriage, to name the most stressful. One of the most stressful periods of my life was when I returned to full-time theological education. My savings dried up after six months in school. Two of my courses were actually paid by a relative and a friend because I barely had enough to make the $700 monthly mortgage payment on my house. In fact, a few months after I had closed my bank account, an account’s clerk from the seminary told me that they could not cash the $3,000 check I sent them three months ago that they finally got around to process. I did not know the bill was outstanding. Someone else again paid for me. But the worse was yet to come.
I was using my sister’s old car when I crashed into a lady’s car. At that time I had sold my car. The car I was driving suffered irreparable damage, but the lady’s bumper had only scratches and was not dented. Besides receiving a ticket for the crash when the police showed up, I also received a warning letter from DMV saying that they were close to suspending my license due to my record of two tickets in less than eighteen months. However, my biggest worry was the lady’s claim for damages would end up canceling my sister’s car insurance. Her driving record was no better than mine. The lady’s husband demanded $2,500 from me, claiming that her wife was pregnant. I was a sitting duck. Again, someone had to pay for me. By God’s grace, for the next six years I did not receive a ticket, had any crash, or suffered a similar incident.
How would you respond when you are tested? Would you be bitter or better? Would you stay down or would you get up when you fall down?
Allow Crises to Fashion Your Resolve, Not Force Your Hand
5 The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. 6 When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. 7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. (1 Sam 13:5-7)
In 1987, a middle age George Foreman decided to return to boxing after a ten year’s absence. He vowed to challenge for the heavyweight championship. For seven years, he fought and defeated younger boxing opponents, and his success earned him a fight with Michael Moorer, the heavyweight champion at that time.
Twenty years after he last held the heavyweight championship of the world in his hands, the 45-year old George Foreman, however, found himself the butt of jokes. Boxing fans, radio commentators, and sports columnists chided and teased him for being overweight, out of shape and long past his prime. They urged him to save his own neck, to give way to the young, and not to tarnish the image of boxing.