Point of Reference
by Fred Price
“God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we cannot see;
He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide, hold me closely to His side.
With love and strength for each new day,
He will make a way.
He will make a way.”
Do you believe that?
The story of David the shepherd boy who slew a giant, rallied an army, and soothed a king has inspired many; and goes a long way in proving the reality of Mr. Moen’s chorus. It is also an excellent example of how fleeting the good life can be. For the young man David, who befriended a king’s son and married that king’s daughter, soon found himself hiding out in the wilderness, running for his life as a crazed and jealous king now hunted him with a vengeance. David sought and found refuge in the wilderness. But what else did he find? While there, he had the time to diligently seek God as he attempted to understand his present circumstances. Through this experience he found understanding, developed true, life-long friendships, matured from a young man to a confident leader with a deep faith and communication skills that drew men to him who were genuinely loyal and shared his beliefs. Men who were not so much politically wise but who were drawn to a just cause, a lofty ideal; not to power, of which he had none.
They lived in caves, drank from streams, ate what they caught, wore what they could barter for. There was no castle, no fine furnishings or extravagant food. No servants, no dancers, no jugglers, no musicians, no weavers of fine clothes, no maidens in a harem. But neither were there counselors with divided allegiances, no palace intrigue, no divided loyalty in his followers, army, or family. More importantly, there were fewer distractions in his search for truth, in his study of right and wrong and in his development as an upright man of God. This may very well have not happened if he had stayed in the king’s palace, growing up under his watchful, jealous, vengeful eye. The sensual distractions and physical pleasures of Saul’s palace becoming a major drain on David’s energy, time and attention; the food, drink, and entertainment having a dulling and distracting effect on his body, mind and spiritual concentration.
If that had been the case, Israel may not have had it’s strong religious base from which to grow and impart first to it’s own people and then to the world the Godly precepts handed down to us in God’s Word.
Israel, the united Kingdom under David, didn’t last a particularly long time as we judge it. It did have a very intense, even spectacular period of conquest and growth – and even magnificence – under David’s son, Solomon. In reality, however, it faded rather quickly, at least in part as a result of it’s success. But it’s concepts of mercy and justice, love and the acts generated by love, devotion to God and dedication to His principles, live on not only amongst the people of Israel, but throughout most of the world as well. (If not practiced fully, at least the ideal remains.)
Were all these experiences enjoyable? Hardly. Something desired? Absolutely not. Was it beneficial to everyone? No. Would it have been David’s first choice for a lifestyle? Never. But by being faithful to God’s commands, living by faith that God would make a way; David was shown a way much better than he could have come up with on his own. One that not only satisfied his own personal needs of the moment but the needs of countless others for generations to come.
You can almost hear David humming this song to himself as he strolls across the hills and fields of his wilderness. Still unable to clearly see his future but willing to faithfully follow his God and trust him to lead and bless richly, ready to embrace fully the life He reveals.
“God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way.”
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Fred Price - married (49 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.
Fred retired earlier this year after 42 years as a factory worker. He has always had a heart for young people and the challenges they face today. Over the years Fred has taught Discipleship Groups for High School and college students.
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