To the End That… (Psalm 30:12)

Why did God allow David to face opposition?  Why didn’t he, as trouble began to stir against David, stop it in its tracks.  The answer provided may seem simple, but it’s understanding is anything but that.  God allowed the difficulty to occur so that he could lift up David and subsequently be praised and glorified.

To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. (Psalms 30:12)

God does not selfishly do this, for he is praised by angelic creations.  He does not need our praise, he is already praised continually. However in order for us to understand God and his greatness, we must experience him and his mighty works.  When we do, we “know him and the power of his resurrection” and comprehend the splendor of his greatness.  Without the trial or the dark nights, we cannot come closer to fully knowing God.  

Each trial is intended to open our understanding and draw us closer to God.  It will only be in the resurrection when we can know him as we are known.  Until then, trials are essential for our growth, faith and the ability to know God better.


Protect or Provide (Psalm 97:10-11)

Why did a loving God let this happen? How many times have people made this statement? I ask myself, “Why are they even asking such a question?” I guess some time along their lives they were told and concluded that God would keep evil from happening to them. Oh, what a wonderful thought, but is it true? I am sorry to say and also glad to say that it is not true. Think of the biblical examples that oppose this view: Abel, Adam and Eve (death of a son), Esau, Joseph, Dinah, Tamar (raped), David, the victims of Eli’s sons, and Israel as a nation. In fact, run down the list in Hebrews 11 and you must conclude that God had never promised to keep evil from happening to us.

In order for him to protect us from all evil, he would need to control every human being. That was not his plan. He gave angels their free will and one third of them kept not their first estate, but instead followed Lucifer. God has given man a free will and that decision is a major factor in his plan. Because man has a free will and that free will is a vital aspect of a God’s plan, he rarely intervenes in the actions of men. On occasions when God has intervened, we call them miracles.

What God did promise was that he would deliver our soul from that evil. God did not promise to stop people from doing harm to us or to keep harm from coming into our lives. What he promises is that whatever occurs, he will provide for us what we need so that our soul would be delivered from every evil. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous,and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalms 97:10-11)

For the righteous, there is one thing that we can be most confident: God will sow into our hearts that which we need so that our souls will be preserved, guarded or protected from being overcome by evil. He may not stop the problem from occurring like we desire, but he will stop the problem from destroying us.

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