When You cannot get away (Psalm 55; Ezekiel 14)

“And I say, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a love!  I would fly away and be at rest; Yes, I would fly away and be at rest,” Psalm 55:6

Yes, it would be a great thing to get away from the trial for just a moment.  The previous statement is one that is amazing to me, in light of the truth before us in Psalm 55.

Once again, David is lamenting his circumstances.  David has faced many enemies, but this enemy is different.  This enemy is one in whom that he had attended worship with.  This enemy was a close friend.  Notice David’s description of his close friend, “His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.”

Let’s be transparent with each other, “there are moments when you and I cannot get away from the trials of life.”

Think it through:

1.  God has a purpose for every trial.

In this case David discovers and delivers to us some amazing truth.  First, David reminds us of God’s power to keep us on track in the midst of hard times.  The righteous will not be moved from a place of favor because they are facing tough times.  Second, David reminds us of God’s daily provision in the midst of trials.  Thirdly, David reminds us of how God identifies with us in trials.  Our Lord faced the same betrayal of a close friend when He walked among us.

2.  God has a purpose for your trial.

God is teaching you amazing truth about who He is and what He does in the midst of trials.

Our response:

We must decided, when trials come our way, “Will we run or will we stay.”  Those who stay, make discoveries that are both amazing and life-altering.

Keep in mind, “Your trials are not only for you.”  Your trials help others see their need to follow God!!!  So for the sake of the gospel, don’t run away from your trials.  Embrace your trials with the big picture in mind.

One Response to “When You cannot get away (Psalm 55; Ezekiel 14)”

  1. Betty Carter Says:

    Thank you for this message today. We needed it just like we needed what you shared last night. Thank you for praying for us and standing beside us in these difficult days! Thank You God for sending Pastor Keith to us. And Thanks and Praise to God for His presence and abiding love in our lives.

    Sent from my iPad


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