Lesson 4: “I Got Your Back!”
Many of us go through trying times. There are times when we feel like giving up, times when we feel alone, times when we just feel helpless. Others hurt us by their actions and situations arise that just make life difficult.
As I studied this week lesson, I could see how even Jonathon could typify Christ in how selfless, loyal, and encouraging he was to David. In the midst of our trials, Christ finds a way to help us find a way. Even when life seems to be chasing us to the ground, He is there to pick us up and to keep us safe, much like Jonathon did for David. Think about the kind of friend Jonathon was to David and how much greater of a friend we have in Jesus! I never looked at Jonathon in that light, but it made me realize how personal of Savior we have in the midst of our hurt and suffering.
This is what James says about suffering. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete…” Life is hard. It is not always happy and easy going. Just because we are Christians does not mean we get to fly through life without any problems. We find that in the story of David. He lived on the run from the king. Jesus never said it would be easy. We must realize that these tests of faith develop patience as James says. Trials test our faith to see how faithful God we really are. Are we only faithful when life is good or are we faithful even during the hard times simply because he loves us so much?
Sometimes God allows situations to arise in order to make us stronger. A famous Christian song says, “Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child.” God doesn’t expect us to go through it all alone! In fact, sometimes He allows things to happen in our lives so that we will turn to Him for help. Too many times instead of going to God for help we turn to others, which is great, but we must realize that God is the ultimate source of comfort. We need to get on our knees again and allow God to help us through life’s obstacles. He WANTS us to go to Him. Nowadays people turn to Oprah and Dr. Phil hoping they can help us in our difficulties. Have we forgotten that our God is the GREAT Physician?!
Psalms 91 is a great chapter for those that are looking for comfort. Our Lord says in verses 14 and 15, “I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Here, God is telling his servant that he will be with him in times of trouble and suffering. In these verses, he’s basically saying, “I got your back.”The God of the universe is offering help to those that are need! Why do we pass His offer up?
The hard times will build our faith. We can do one of two things when hardships come our way. We can both blame God and push him out of our lives or we can embrace and lean on Him as we travel the winding, dangerous road of life. God wants us to call on His name. He wants us to say, “Father, HELP!” And He will come, my friends, He will come just as any true friend would.
My prayer is that we realize that we have a God on our side who is willing to help us through the tough times. Go to Him and let your faith become STRONGER. Life is hard. That is a fact. God is with you always. That is His promise and He will never let you down! Remember, He’s got your back.