God, our King, is well acquainted with hardship and warfare. So are we, His people, aren’t we? No matter how zealously we follow God, it seems that everything in life is contested. It’s true, we don’t love Him, worship Him, or serve Him in a vacuum. The world is full of critics, skeptics, and the agenda of an evil hearted enemy. Neither God nor we, His people, have any illusion that there is peace on every side. We’ve learned that from both severe events like 9/11, and our daily struggles.
“I will also give you rest from all your enemies.” (2 Samuel 7:11)
Notice, however, that in this passage God never told King David He would remove his enemies. He simply promised to give him rest from them. There’s a difference. And David certainly had enemies, his kingdom erupting in conflict in the years after his sin against Uriah the Hittite. Yet eventually David would not be defeated, his kingdom would endure, and it would be eternally established as the Kingdom of The Messiah. The “rest” didn’t come immediately, and it didn’t come easily. But it came. Just as God promised.
That’s how His promise works out for all who honor Him with their deepest desires. We may encounter adversity, but it will not get the better of us. We may have detractors, but their opinions won’t be confirmed. We may face the hostile opposition of the evil one’s agenda, but it won’t last. There will be rest, not just from some of our enemies, but from all of them, that’s The King’s desire for His followers.
In this life, it’s easy to become battle-weary. It’s also easy to develop a defeatist attitude in the midst of the fray. But in those moments, we need to understand the desire of our King for us. He, Himself calls us overcomers, more-than-conquerors, co-rulers forever with Him. He sees the end of the battle far more clearly than we do. And from the big-picture perspective, He offers us real and lasting hope. There is an end to the conflict in this age and in the age to come. He will give us needed respite. And Victory Is Absolute Certain.
Have a rest-filled weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who are walking as His Champions, only because they know the end of the story, and it is so, so good and glorious!
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)