29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”
2 Samuel 7:29 (NLT)
The above is a part of David’s prayers after he established his throne. If you have read about David’s life in my 1 Samuel series, you will find that his life was a roller coaster. He had been through many ups and downs, trials and challenges in his life. He had tasted victory and fame. He had also suffered betrayal and had to run for his life. In the end, he became the king of Israel.
Throughout the Bible, we can read about godly people facing various challenges in their lives like the rest of us. The only difference is they did not give up their hopes and faith. They still believed that God was on their side and working behind the scenes to deliver them even though the physical situation around them said the opposite. So, don’t be surprise when you read about prophets or apostles living through tough times like poverty. Yes, godly people can live through tough times like poverty and sickness but God always delivers them. The Bible is clear about that.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
Do not be deceived by the lies of theology that says, since the apostles themselves had been poor, God’s promises on prosperity must be false. Theologians are the liars, not God. The truth is, those prophets and apostles were not exempted from troubles in their lives. At the same time, they were also not exempted from the promise in Psalm 34:19. Always remember that there are 2 parts in Psalm 34:19. After the first part happens, the second part must follow.
Let us get back to the prayer of David in 2 Samuel 7:29. My emphasis is at the end of the verse, “when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!” When God blesses us, his blessing is eternal. It lasts forever. The blessing of God has no expiry date. It is not a one time event.
How can this help us? This truth gives us hope especially at times when the situation around us looks bad. You may be in a very bad situation right now where there is no way out. You have tried every option and every way to find a solution to your problems but there isn’t any. You may even be convinced that you are doomed to failure. You may be facing with the prospect of losing everything you have and those you have worked very hard for.
If you happen to be in this situation, the above verse brings hope to you. The first thing you should do is to stop dwelling in your present seemingly impossible situation. Thinking and meditating on the bad situation will only make it stronger. Instead you should focus your attention on the good things that had happened to you in the past. Think of your past achievements and successes. There must be some success in your past. I don’t think anyone can have zero success in their past because no one can be that perfect.
When I mention the past success, it does not have to be big like winning a Nobel Prize or making a million dollars. It can be as simple as finishing primary school, staying alive for more than 20 years, able to get married, have children, getting healed from a fever, getting hold of a job, being able to squeeze into a bus this morning, etc. If you happen to have dropped out from school after one year of studies, then your success is the successful completion of one year in school. As you think of these successes, fill your heart with gratitude and sincerely thank God for blessing you. You got to convince yourself that those successes are the proof that God had been blessing you in the past. Your past record shows that you have been a recipient of God’s blessings. Since God’s blessing is eternal, you must still be a recipient of God’s blessings now!
The truth is you are still blessed by God. The situation may look very bad but that does not change the truth that you have the blessing of God in you. God is on your side and he is committed to overcome this bad situation for you. Your role is to fill your heart and mind with hope and peace. You need to live by faith that God has the right solution for you and he is on his way in executing it. It does not matter that you are unable to see the way out now. The only thing that matter is, you have the blessing of God with you. When God grants a blessing to his servant, it is an eternal blessing. If you are a Christian, you are not God’s servant. You are his child. If the servants of God can get eternal blessing, how much more for the sons and daughters of God?
God will certainly deliver you out of all your troubles. Your role is to believe.