I read a great blog today that I wanted to share with you. Here it is...
By Gina McClain (courtesy of www.swerve.lifechurch.tv)
The diff between Goliath and Bathsheba
Both of these stories are great examples of God’s deliverance in David’s life. But one was orchestrated by God, while the other was not.
We all have deliverance stories where Jesus got our attention, we responded and our lives were changed for eternity. But often I cringe when I listen to someone attempt to explain how God brought them to a point of desperation so they would finally say ‘Yes’ to Him. This doesn’t make sense to me.
Sometimes we can bring too much glory to the circumstances that brought about our obedience. We celebrate the trap we managed to get caught in, as opposed to the work God did to free us. You see, we were created to walk in freedom with God from the time we were young. He didn’t create us for bondage.
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Isaiah 51:1
Believe it or not… you do not require a ‘prodigal son’ moment of sitting in a pig pen eating rotten food in order to know and understand the grace by which you are saved. Simply because we took a path that led us into bondage, doesn’t mean God intended that for us. Just because you waited until you were lying drunk by the side of the road before you listened to His voice, doesn’t mean He wasn’t ‘knocking’ long before that moment.
The beauty is that He will take those dark, desolate moments and use them for His Glory…
For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. Isaiah 51:3
Did He want us to go to those dark places? Did He ask us to leave His side so that we would experience life without Him? Not at all. Will He take these things and use them for His Glory? Absolutely.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!… I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
Let’s turn the tide on the attitude that we must sew our wild oats in order to better comprehend His Grace. God does not lack deliverance opportunities in our lives while we walk this earth (Goliath). We don’t need to create them ourselves (Bathsheba).
That’s the diff.