It is not hard for me to be a Christian. I mean, sure, my faith has had its rocky patches. I’ve had challenges and doubts. I’ve questioned God’s existence. I’ve chosen to follow my own way.
But really, when I take a step back, my life makes it easy to be a person of faith. I am happily married to a husband who shares my beliefs. We have kids that bring us joy. We have friends and family and a home and a car and clothes. We. Have. So. Much.
It is not difficult to follow God when life is easy.
And this can bring on its own faith questions.
It’s effortless to say I have faith when that faith has so rarely been tested. I wonder how I would respond if my life were different. If choosing faith meant my family would disown me. If following God meant leaving a dream behind. If instead of blessings, life brought trials and hardships that made God seem distant.
I honestly don’t know how I would respond if my faith were challenged. And I can’t pretend I would.
All I can do is hope. Hope that I would have the faith of David.
In Psalm 11, David is in some sort of crisis. And he gets advice.
David's advisers tell him this crisis is too much. That he should run away to the mountains. For David, running away means more than seeking shelter. As the King of Israel, if David runs, he runs away from everything God had asked him to do with his life.
If David runs for cover, He runs away from God.
And so the Psalm begins with David’s response. Will he listen to the advice to run or will he stay faithful to God?
I've already run for dear life straight to the arms of God. So why would I run away now – Psalm 11:1 (Msg)
David has faith. But as he goes on, David does not describe a faith based on a belief that God will rescue him from his present crisis. He does not presume to know what God is doing in the midst of it.
Faith does not mean blindly believing that everything will be happy and good.
Faith means believing that God rules, even when He is not ruling the way we want Him to.
But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth. – Psalm 11:4 (NLT)
Faith means believing that God sees, even when we feel overlooked.
For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face. – Psalm 11:7 (NIV)
Faith means believing that God is just, even when we are surrounded by injustice.
God rules. God sees. God is just. This is the faith of David. I hope it will be the faith of me.
I hope that when pressed with a situation that could make me run from God, I would have the faith to stay.
Walk through the Psalms is a series reflecting on the beautiful and timeless poetry found in the middle of the Bible. It is an intentional study of God’s Word, grounded in the belief that God gave us the Bible so we could read it and think about it, even when that is difficult.