Thankfully, God is a good teacher, and He only tests when He knows we are ready. He must have felt I was ready. So today I want to encourage you to rejoice if you are in a place of testing because God obviously believes you will pass with flying colors. It may not feel like it now, but you can trust the Master Teacher.
With this in mind, here is my latest teaching and My God Notes!
Your Greatest Test Concerns Your Destiny!- Psalm 11
David was anointed King of Israel, but it took years to see the promise come to fruition. Why so long? Well, the reigning King despised David, wasn’t quite ready to give up his prized throne, and more than once even tried to have David killed. In the natural, it looked next to impossible that David would ever ascend the throne. The “odds” were undoubtedly stacked against David like a strongly-fortified wall that couldn’t be penetrated, and this bleak picture even caused David to question (more than once) his calling and destiny:
I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy (Psalm 42:9)?”
David often felt forgotten and forsaken by the very God he claimed to love. And like you and I, David asked God “why” a lot! Yes, he had a promise, but he also faced an enemy who fought ruthlessly to keep him from fulfilling his destiny. You too have an ancient foe-his name is Satan!
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).
Overcomer, maybe you are crying out to God, just like David, asking the same ol' question, "why?" Have you clung to a promise for so long that it now seems impossible it could ever come to pass? Has the fight left you feeling hopeless and unsure of your future? You are not alone. Satan loves to wear out the saints:
But resist him (Satan), firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (1 Peter 5:9).
So what do you do when the story of your life paints a not so promising picture? What do you do when the fight has left your spirit? What do you do when the enemy ambushes you? And what do you do when you now laugh at God’s promises rather than believe them? Well, do you remember ol’ Abraham and his wife Sarah? They too had a promise to contend for:
But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him (Genesis 17:19).”
In one moment, the Sovereign Lord God personally showed up and assured Abraham of his destiny. But in the natural, it simply seemed impossible. Poor Sarah even got to the place where she laughed at the thought of her aging body ever producing a child:
Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also (Genesis 18:12)?”
She knew her body’s limitations, and like you and I so often do, she looked at the limitations instead of looking to God. When faced with the “odds”, Sarah doubted the One who had proven time and time again that He is limitless:
“Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son (Genesis 18:14).”
So let me ask you this, “Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?” I know. I know you’ve heard this “saying” time and time again, but today is different. How do I know? Well, Sarah’s time came, and now her story is recorded in the pages of God’s greatest story:
Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised (Genesis 21:1).
David’s time came too, and now he is revered as one of Israel’s greatest kings:
David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years (2 Samuel 5:4).
Listen, your time is coming. Do not give up on God’s Word/promise to you because of what your eyes see in the natural. Just like Abraham, your faith is the key to receiving every promise God has made:
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith (Romans 4:13).
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise (Galatians 3:29).
Today, as you read Psalm 11, you will discover that God is the quintessential teacher, and teachers loves tests. I should know! It may be that the promise that you are about to give up on is simply a test of your faith in God's faithful Word. Remember, God tested Job, and you are not too big for a test! So with this in mind, here are my God Notes for Psalm 11.
My God Notes Psalm 11
- God is a refuge (a place to flee to for protection; a place of confidence & hope)
- God’s throne is in heaven
- God has a holy temple
- God looks at men & He tests the righteous & the wicked (remember Job?)
- God hates the one who loves violence (think ISIS)
- God will punish the wicked
- God is righteous (just, lawful, right, correct) & He loves righteousness (justice)