Several years ago, I was at a conference where Donald Miller was the keynote speaker. In his talk, he taught us what made a good story. One of the greatest story builders was conflict - conflict is what kept us glued to the story and wanting to see how it would be resolved. Without something to overcome, it would just be a story that went nowhere. Think about your favorite movies and books; they were all written with some type of struggle that needed to be conquered. His point to the talk was that our walk with God is the same; God didn't create us to live a boring, stagnant story. If we are living in obedience to Him and following His direction, there will undoubtedly be some sort of conflict or adversity. I'm not saying that we go looking for conflict and neither was Donald Miller, but when we are following God there will always be something to be overcome. For example, the idea that my husband and I would be able to take our family to Zambia this summer was absolutely ridiculous because neither of us have a high salary job and the cost was tremendous. However, even with the impossible, God made it possible for our family to go by using our family and friends to help support us and He somehow stretched our paychecks (don't ask me how because it didn't always make sense). So, now we can tell people, "God did it! He provided so we could do what He called us to do!" Those are the things that grow our faith. All this week, I am looking at psalms that show us the importance of sharing so future generations will know about the good things God does. The psalm I am looking at today shows us conflict and God's work and the resolve to share it with others; please use the link and read Psalm 22.
If there was anyone in the Old Testament who understood conflict, it was King David. This was a man who was called by God to be the king of Israel and was anointed as a young man, yet he didn't sit on the throne until many years later. And even though God called him to that position, there were so many things to be overcome before he got there, including the King Saul wanting to kill him. Even once he was king, he faced problems in his family, an insurrection, and many wars. Yet, when he was fleeing for his life, he still declared his trust in God. We can see that as David wrote this psalm, he was in a situation that he had not seen resolved, but he trusted that God would save him. While he wrote out his despair, he also declared God's amazing works and knew that once this conflict was over, he would make sure he would declare God's faithfulness to anyone who would listen.
Once again, David wasn't just thinking of the current generation that he was ruling, he was also thinking of generations to come. He wrote in verse 30 (NIV), "Posterity will serve Him; future generations will be told about the Lord." He already declared that because of the testimonies the current generation had of God's faithfulness, their descendants would also serve God. He went on in verse 31 (NIV), "They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!" I love that! I have personally experienced so many works of God in my life that I want my descendants to know because I want them to understand that we can trust in God. We can believe that He will provide, protect, and save. I want them to know: He has done it!
What is your story so far? Have you trusted God to help you overcome the adversity you've faced? Do you declare to anyone who will listen that He has done it so future generations can trust in Him?