6 When someone comes to visit, he pretends to be friendly; he thinks of ways to defame me, and when he leaves he slanders me.
39:1 I decided, “I will watch what I say and make sure I do not sin with my tongue. I will put a muzzle over my mouth while in the presence of an evil man.” 2 I was stone silent; I held back the urge to speak. My frustration grew; 3 my anxiety intensified. As I thought about it, I became impatient. Finally I spoke these words: 4 “O Lord, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! 5 Look, you make my days short-lived, and my life span is nothing from your perspective. Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor. 6 Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. Surely they accumulate worthless wealth without knowing who will eventually haul it away.” 7 But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying? You are my only hope!
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
1 Peter 4:12
“Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
David was acquainted with suffering. Even on his sick bed his enemies were plotting against him. But David’s hope was not in the present – it was in the future. He had dealt with people being jealous of him and attacking him. Life’s joy was seemingly sapped from him, but He held on. He held onto something greater. God alone. God granted him perspective to realize how brief life was – but not before David cried out for this understanding.
Jesus knew the agony of betrayal and what it was to have even his closest friend kiss him in the very act. He cried out to God the Father, as well, and gained all of our souls with his suffering. He knew the prize for obedience was far greater than momentary suffering. Perspective makes all the difference.
Ever feel like the world is against you? The world abounds with jokes and suggestions at comforts that can appease this pain, but the only real relief comes from being immersed in Jesus and His Word. Searching His Word brings perspective to the sincere seeker. Running to God in prayer grants peace that the world knows nothing about.
Instead of wanting deliverance from the enemies, David wanted understanding. Instead of wanting deliverance from the cup He was about to drink, Jesus sought obedience as far more precious. Only God can change our hearts and minds and give us His perspective.
When our expectations meet God’s perspective, we are undone. Where were our expectations formed? God’s Word clearly describes troubles we will have in this world, but our flesh desires peace and comfort. Peter knew troubles, too, and expected them. Knowing the purpose of life’s challenges makes our perspective of trials even clearer.
Lord, thank You for opening our eyes to see that Your purposes are far greater than our understanding. Help us to seek Your glory in all things and to trust You, even when our perspective is a little blurry.
they plan ways to harm me.