Faith Not to Flee, Part 2
"In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?"
Why should we stay on the path of God when getting off seems safer? In the previous post, we saw that it’s better to stay on the path because there is no place safer than God, and because God sees and controls our situation.
Let’s look at three more reasons to stay on God’s path during trials.
God Lovingly Tests the Righteous (v. 5)
Not only does God see our trials, but He also uses them to make us more like Him. We grow spiritually by persevering through trials by God’s grace. Learning to trust Him in hard times increases our faith and progresses us in sanctification. God intends to draw us closer to Himself through the very trials that often entice us to seek help elsewhere. God doesn’t test the wicked. He allows them to go their own way—often unhindered—to their own destruction. This is why it appears that the righteous struggle more than the wicked in this life.
Enemies of the Righteous Will Face God’s Wrath (v. 6)
The apparent advantage of the wicked is just an illusion. Any opposition—spiritual or physical—can’t stand up against God. To Him, the wicked have already fallen. God has prepared a place of never-ending torment for them.
We Have Assurance of God’s Unconditional Love (v. 7)
Nothing makes us surer in the path of God more than meditating on His unfailing love. Why would we leave the path when the King of the way loves us with everlasting love? Where could we run to find a better replacement? God smiles in love on the upright. Don’t flee from His love.
Final Thought: Let nothing drive you from the path of God.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.