Summary: Learn from King David how to handle life when you start losing the things that provide you security.
SEEKING GOD FAITHFULLY-
A LOOK AT THE LIFE OF DAVID
What To Do When Your Lose Your Security
The scene is a four engine jet liner. The pilot’s voice comes on the intercom: "Those of you on the left side of the plane have probably noticed that one of our engines has failed. Please do not be alarmed. We can still fly on three engines, but we will probably arrive about 15 minutes late." A few minutes later, the pilot’s calm voice came on again: "Those of you on the right side of the plane are probably aware that a second engine has failed. Please do not be alarmed. We can make it on two engines, though we will probably be at least 30 minutes late now." A few minutes later the pilot spoke to the passengers again: "It has just come to my attention that a third engine has failed. Please do not be alarmed. We can make it to the airport on only one engine. However, we will arrive approximately 45 minutes late." One passenger turned to another and said, "Boy, I hope that fourth engine doesn’t fail, or we could be up here all night!"
A story like that makes a good joke, but if it were really to happen to us, there would be no one laughing. When you are flying, your security literally depends upon the functioning of those engines.
Just as a flyer’s sense of security is wrapped up in the proper functioning of those engines, so, too, in life, our sense of security is often dependent upon various factors in our lives such as our jobs, our families, our friends, our position in society. And we can become very secure in these things. A person with a good job, a nice house, a loving family, the respect of other people, good health, well, what else could he need? Right? Maybe he doesn’t even need God.
And therein lies a problem. God wants us to find our security ultimately in Him. All of these things are temporary but our relationship with Him has the potential of being eternal. But there is an independent streak in all of us that tends sometimes to neglect to develop our security and trust in God when there are so many other things that offer what we think is secure. Though it is not always the case, it is often true that the person who is secure in these other things will have somewhat of a problem trusting God. Oh, he won’t know it - unless he begins to lose any or all of these things that make him feel secure.
In many cases, God allows us to lose some of the things we find our security in, in order to test, and/or develop our trust in Him.
Young David, the anointed, but not yet actual King of Israel, back about 1000 years before Christ, was flying high above the clouds of secure circumstances. He had been brought out of obscurity as a shepherd and anointed by Samuel the Prophet to be the next King of Israel. He had taken on the giant, Goliath, and been victorious when everyone else was afraid.
Because of his victory, Saul, the incumbent King had put him in charge of his army. David led that army out into battle and won time and again. He was very popular among the army rank and file. When the army came home, he found he was popular among the people, too - even more popular than King Saul himself.
David was on a roll of success! But then, suddenly, one at a time, his engines of security began to sputter and go out. And God allowed it to happen, though David had done nothing wrong. Chapters 18-21 of 1 Samuel describe how all of his earthly securities were removed from him. He lost his position in the King’s army. He lost his wife who was given to him after the victory over Goliath. He lost his mentor and long time counselor, Samuel. He lost his best friend, Jonathan, and he even lost his self respect.
Like the airline passenger who sees the last engine fail, he had nothing else to depend on but God.
David’s life at this stage typifies the person whom God is teaching to depend upon Him.
It seems to be human nature that you and I tend to find our security in everything else except God. Our bank account, our job, our family, you name it. And often, it isn’t until these things are actually taken away that we finally learn to lean on the Lord.
It is seldom a pleasant experience. Let’s watch this slice out of David’s life as he loses the things he finds his security in, one at a time and see what we might learn. This lesson is important to all of us, but particularly any of us who have experienced losing the things we place our security in.