Remember what the Lord said in Hebrews 13:5:
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Discuss David’s story, who was David and what was significant about his life?
It was probably the worst day of his life. David went from being the beaming father of an infant son he adored to making preparation for the infant son’s burial. David prayed and fasted. He spent the night on the hard floor, begging God to reverse the infant’s imminent death. Though David’s prayers were not answered in the way David wanted, God walked beside David o the worse day of his life:
David therefor sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground…
On the seventh day, the child died. 2 Samuel 12:16, 18
Remember a time when you prayed to God and those prayers were not answered. How did you feel? What did you do? What was your relationship with God after your prayers were not answered?
David’s faith was a tenacious, God-given faith. David walked with God before the gut-wrenching day of his little son’s death. Avid walked with God in the tear-soaked moments when he heard the news he dreaded, news that the child had died. And David continued to walk with God even after that life-changing, heart rending day.
Walking by faith on the worse day of your life can present Goliath-like challenges. On the base days, you fee dreadfully alone and lost. In the worst of times, you wonder whether the sun will ever shine again. On the worst day of your life, you must might begin to think that God has abandoned you and taken his blessing with him.
Probably the worst day of your life has something to do with your combat service. All the feelings David experienced are similar to most of us in this room. The feeling of being dreadfully alone or lost or that your life can never experience joy or happiness again.
If you felt like David on his worst day, can anyone share their feelings on their worst day?
The worse days, though, are the days when you need to walk closet with the Lord. When you are swallowing hard and forcing yourself to get up in the morning, you need God the most! When all of Satan’s arrows are pointed in your direction, you need to walk in the safety the Lord provides. When your spouse is burdened, you need to walk alongside her in prayer. When your children struggle, you need to walk with them, reminding them of the love of their heavenly Father.
Two important questions:
- What did you do on your worst day?
- How did that work out for you?
On the best days of his earthly life, Jesus did not distance himself from the suffering of his people. On the best of his days on earth, Jesus was at work, actively preparing a way for you to live forgiven and in unending job for all eternity. He never abandoned David and He will never abandon you if you are seeking Him daily.