Are You a Saul or a David? Do You See the Future with Fear or Faith?

As a Christian school administrator, the summer grants me time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past year.  But it also allows me to ponder the next school year and beyond. The burden and responsibility of so many students, staff, and the finances of Renton Christian can be daunting if I put too much thought into it.  As I look to the future of my leadership at Renton Christian, I ask myself and God, will it be successful, or not?

When I feel this way, I am reminded of what Phil Tuttle, the president of “Walk Thru the Bible” wrote, “Many times God puts us in situations that we don’t understand and don’t feel equipped to handle” (The Crucible, workbook, p. 21).  Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Let’s put that in simple terms.  Even though we don’t understand everything and can’t see the future, God does.  We can put our faith in him, rather than live in lonely fear.

In 1 Samuel the stories of Saul and David intertwine.  Saul was the first king of Israel and David would later become king #2.  These were very different men whose lives went opposite directions.  Saul functioned out of fear and David functioned with faith about the future.  Saul’s life ended with an appointment with a witch, followed by a violent death.  David’s lineage resulted with the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, hundreds of years later.  The Goliath story exemplified the difference between the fearful king and the faithful king.  King Saul cowered in his tent while Goliath taunted the Israelites and God.  But the teenager David became righteously angry, stepped up, and killed Goliath.

Are you like Saul or David?  Saul could certainly justify his fear.  “Have you seen the size of that guy out there?  He’s huge and will kill me if I face him!”  What fears about the future are you justifying?  Are there habits, illnesses, broken relationships, past hurts, and financial problems that you use to excuse your attitude of fear about the future?  David didn’t care that Goliath was large, but that he was an enemy who must be defeated at all costs.  All of us have Goliaths to face, but what will make the difference is whether we handle it like Saul or David.

Do you have fear or faith about your future?  Please don’t listen to the news, politicians, or even other Christians, who want to tell you how terrible things are and that it’s only going to get worse.  A terrible future is not what God has planned for you.  In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord declared, “I know that plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  God knows your future already, will prepare you for it, and will be with you every step of the way.  And because of that, every follower of Jesus Christ can live in faith, and not fear, about the days ahead.

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