Have you ever been confronted with a crisis that threatened to destroy you, your family, your business, or your future? In that crisis hour, did your dearest friends say, “Quit! Give up! Run away! You can’t win.”
King David faced such a crisis. After killing Goliath, he became a hero to the nation. The Israelites cheered for him more than they did for King Saul. If a survey had been conducted, Israel would have chosen David as Man of the Year.
Saul realized this and his pride turned to rage and jealousy. One evening while David played his harp for the king. Saul tried to murder David by throwing a javelin at the gentle shepherd.
Aghast at what happened, David’s friends cried, “Run, David. Quit the king’s service and flee as a bird to the mountain.” David responded with “I will trust in the LORD.” He knew that no matter how great his problems were, God was greater. No matter how angry Saul was, he trusted God to protect him.
David stood up to the problems of his life by placing all his trust in the Lord. The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5,6). Stand up to life by placing trust in Jesus. This includes accepting responsibility for your life. Choices have consequences. You are an addict by choice. You are an alcoholic by choice. You are an adulterer by choice. Quit playing the blame game. You are today what you decided to be yesterday. The world is full of people running from life.
Stand up to life by embracing truth. Where did we ever get the idea that life was made to run smoothly? We got that idea from Hollywood, not the Bible. Hollywood makes its money off movies with happy endings. Ever read the New Testament? It talks about hardships to be endured, the fiery trials of your faith, crosses to be carried, evils to be conquered, tribulations designed by God to produce triumph.
Stand up to life through training. God trained David to be king of Israel, and God wants to train you. He demands discipline, duty, and determination. As David played his harp and Saul threw the javelin, running was not an option for David.
Stand up to life by realizing who you are and whose you are. You are a child of the Most High God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
You are created in the image of God, and God does not quit. In the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing the agony before Him, Jesus said, “not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36). He went to the Cross, suffered shame, died with thieves, and was buried in a borrowed grave. But He did not quit. He arose from the grave and now sits at the right hand of God (Heb. 12:2). Don’t quit – you’ll soon be with Him, too.