We are living in a time where loss prevails. We are losing our rights to freely express ourselves. We are losing our ability to gather together, our financial stability, and even our rights to go out publicly. Rules change depending on where you go or how they are interpreted.
So how do we know which rules are correct to follow? What is truth anyway? And who is interpreting truth correctly. I think this is a dilemma we are all trying to figure out. Yet can you understand why society is confused?
David found himself in similar circumstances. He too lost many rights and could not understand the perception Saul had. He even had to retreat to a cave as a hiding place! I feel that way at times. It seems ‘they’ want us to stay home isolated and trust their reasoning for why it is so important. Many believed Saul’s ‘truth’ against David and his followers but there were many underlying motives for Saul’s actions just as there are many underlying motives for why we are being limited today. For example, Saul wanted power and was jealous of David’s anointing. Saul wanted prestige and control. Sound familiar for today? I think so.
It is probably a time of a much-needed awakening – an awakening to truth, an awakening to our rights, and an awakening to what we are truly losing. If we do not wake up, our freedom to live life fully will be removed.
I have always been compliant until my awakening which came later in life. For twenty-plus years, my life was surrounded by religious rules and regulations mostly directed by a denomination or man. Then God touched my life in a powerful way. Manifesting through many of the gifts spoken of in I Corinthians 12:7–10, I was thrown into a season of questioning everything I had been taught. During this season, God revealed himself to me in ways I never thought possible. It was exhilarating, challenging, and set me in motion for more understanding around a true relationship with him. It was only after I was baptized with the Holy Spirit that I truly became awakened and able to step into God’s full calling upon my life and recognize all that which had been lost.
Loses included rights to think for myself, make decisions that were actually healthy and not demanded by false motives, my true identity, my reputation, authentic relationships, and actual gifting. Before my restoration, I knew many things were missing in my life but I could not figure out how to acquire those missing pieces. Instead of participating in life to the fullest, I instead reveled in depression, insecurity, and anxiety. I praise God that he heard my cries and became the bedrock beneath my feet, my tower of rescue. It was during this time of weakness, throughout intense times of one major catastrophe after another, that the Lord reached down into my darkness and rescued me. He brought me into a beautiful, broad place where my stolen goods were retrieved.
For some of us, our losses are too crippling to imagine anything being retrieved or restored. Our lives may resemble how Joel described destruction in chapters 1 and 2. We come to this place of expecting bad things to continue happening. Joel 1:4 says, “What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; and what the crawling locust has left, the consuming locust has eaten.” It feels like we just get through one bad circumstance and something comes along and snatches away another piece of us. Some of us have been stripped repeatedly by life’s devastating blows. The consuming locust has taken the last of what we have. How will these things be restored?
God will take our past and restore it into something new, something beautiful. He will give us beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). There are hidden truths in secret places. These hidden truths are keys to our healing, answers to what we need from the secret place. He is with us in the darkness. We are not alone. He will reveal his treasure in the dark place. We tend to run from darkness trying to manage it, yet sometimes God needs us to discover what has been lost so he can prepare our hearts to manage the new. God removes old ways of thinking and establishes a new set of beliefs about who we are. God fills hearts with love, unconditional acceptance, and a knowing that he will never leave us. Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God has set us free from a life of shame, failure, and rejection, but we must come into agreement with what he has already done for us on the cross.
In Psalm 18:6, David cried out to God in his distress. He calls him a delivering God. I love how the Passion Bible translates this verse. “From your temple-throne you heard my troubled cry. My sobs came right into your heart and you turned your face to rescue me.” God reveals the compassion and love he has for his people. The rest of this Psalm details that passion to help each of us out of our despair and dark circumstances. Verses 16 through 19 express this powerfully.
“He then reached down from heaven, all the way from the sky to the sea. He reached down into my darkness to rescue me! He took me out of my calamity and chaos and drew me to himself, taking me from the depths of my despair! Even though I was helpless in the hands of my hateful, strong enemy, you were good to deliver me. When I was at my weakest, my enemies attacked but the Lord held on to me. His love broke open the way and he brought me into a beautiful broad place. He rescued me because his delight is in me!”
God will turn a floodlight on for you so you can see your way through the darkness. God will wrap you in grace, power, and strength to make the changes required for a better life and retrieve what you have lost.
David provides more insights for us in I Samuel 27. Out of weariness, he entered into the enemy’s camp. He did not seek the Lord around this decision but rather succumbed to the many loses that had surrounded him. It was not until he lost his family, all his rights to do what he was good at, and ultimately his calling to be king that he came to his senses. It was then that he sought the Lord out of desperation.
Have you had enough? Don’t wait for all to be lost at the depth David did. Let’s keep our integrity, our trust in the God who provides absolute truth in the midst of confusion. Restoration comes from the one who turns on a floodlight of revelation in the darkness so that in his brightness we can see the path ahead (Psalm18:28-29). It is here where we can crush an enemy horde and advance through very stronghold that stands in front of us.
Stop being helpless in the hands of the enemy. Seek the Lord for insights. When David sought the Lord at the depth of his losses, the Lord told him to rise up and fight and he would retrieve all. It is time for us to do the same!