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None of us are immune.
If only there was a survivor challenge where we could stand on our tip toes on a 4×4 while balancing a ball on our head to earn immunity!
But there is no immunity challenge for this.
We all have bad days come our way.
James 1:2-3: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Note it says when – not if.
So our challenge is: what can we do to prepare for that inevitable bad day?
I’m thinking we should plan ahead, right? Let’s get ready! What does the Bible tell us we can do to train for this event?
I read the sweetest article by Alicia Bruxvoort that got me thinking about all this. She described her bad day this way:
“Sometimes I, too, find myself stuck in the middle of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Or week. Or season. Whether I’m suffering the consequences of my own crabby disposition or reeling from situations out of my control, I understand the ache when life unravels. I know what it’s like to stumble through the hours empty and irritated, cynical and sour, to sabotage my own joy or fret over my unexpected misfortune.”
We all know what that’s like. Yes?
“King David certainly did. While this acclaimed man of God enjoyed times of ease and celebration, he also came face to face with his fair share of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.”
But here’s the take-notice part …
“However, when life unraveled, David acknowledged his longing for the One who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17). King David’s worst days drove him to call upon his best hope.”
Psalm 61:2: from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
Who ya gonna call?
I have a feeling this is woven into the reason why God said David was a man after His own heart.
He was always seeking God face.
Acts 13:22: And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
David wrote …
Psalm 63:1: O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 42:1: As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
The Psalms are full of David’s “journaling.” We can learn a lot from this man after God’s own heart.
“In David’s case, his battles were won in his private times of worship with the Lord. David had many responsibilities, and there were many demands upon his time; but his number one priority was seeking God’s face. He said, like Paul, “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13) Without satisfying worship, there can be no successful warfare. How did David know that God was a light, deliverer, and a fortress? He learned it from gazing on God’s glory in his time of worship and meditation … How he longed to leave the battlefield and dwell in God’s house! But, wherever he was, he took time to come into God’s presence.” ~Warren Wiersbe quote from one of the best Bible study books I have ever done: Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald.
So the bad days? How did David prepare?
It’s clear as you read through David’s Psalms.
Psalm 50:15: and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
The good and the bad days – it’s all for His glory.
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