April 20: a faith to lean on (1 Samuel 23; Psalm 31, 54; Matthew 7)

Have you ever been in a place beyond your ability to control or even know the outcome and all you could do was lean into your faith? It, of course, presupposes you have a faith to lean on. How terrifying if you were in such a place only to discover you did not have the faith you thought you had. I remember hearing someone say that the one place in the world where it may be most difficult to be Christian is in the United States – because we have so much at our disposal that we may think we don’t need God.

David had been annointed king. Though one day he would be king, there was already a king and that king wanted David dead. Saul had the resources and the resolve to do it. David sought refuge. Psalm 31 tells us that refuge was in God. Trust. Lean into faith. How huge it must have been when David could say: You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help (verse 22). To lean into your faith and to know that God has heard you.

In Matthew 7, Jesus teaches that there is aroad that leads to life, and only a few find it (verse 14).Jesus will show us that road and why only a few find it. Every person who ever lived, and will ever live will reach a point beyond his or her own ability to control. Will you have the faith to lean on?

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

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