WHAT TO DO WHEN IT POURS

WHAT TO DO WHEN IT POURS

Have you ever had one of those days where anything and everything that could go wrong does go wrong; and then some? Well, for many of us, we have. It is painful, it is demoralizing; and often it leaves us asking where our Father was in all of that. It makes us wonder if Jesus was really there in the midst of our troubles; and if He was, why He didn’t lift a finger to help.

Well, beloved, the great David had such a time too. In fact, for him, it was a season in his life, a good many years. Yet, in the midst of his troubles, when he was in the middle of the wilderness running away, he penned this Psalm.

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.” Psalm 63:1-2

And this was the story.

Long after his little escapade with Bathsheba, David had many sons. His first born, Amnon had taken a fancy to Tamar, the sister of his other son, Absalom. Now, we need to remember that David had many wives and concubines. So while the three of them shared the same father, they were born of different mothers. Yet, I know it is a strange circumstance, but the world is warped because of you-know-who, so… but anyway.

Now, Amnon had devised a plan in which he would trick Tamar into dropping by his place and prepare a meal for him, and this was how he did it.

“So Amnon took to his bed and acted sick. When the king came to visit, Amnon said, “Would you do me a favor? Have my sister Tamar come and make some nourishing dumplings here where I can watch her and be fed by her.”
David sent word to Tamar who was home at the time: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare a meal for him.”” 2 Samuel 13:6-7 [MSG]

I’m sorry, but if my son told me that he wanted to watch his sister cook and be fed by her own hand, alarm bells would have gone off in my head. Isn’t true for you too? Yet, because Amnon was David’s first born, and therefore heir to the throne,

“David doted on him because he was his firstborn.” 2 Samuel 13:21 [MSG]

So by his own hand, David sent his own daughter to Amnon. And this was what he did to her.

“Amnon said, “Clear everyone out of the house,” and they all cleared out. Then he said to Tamar, “Bring the food into my bedroom, where we can eat in privacy.” She took the nourishing dumplings she had prepared and brought them to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. But when she got ready to feed him, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, sister!”
“No, brother!” she said, “Don’t hurt me! This kind of thing isn’t done in Israel! Don’t do this terrible thing! Where could I ever show my face? And you—you’ll be out on the street in disgrace. Oh, please! Speak to the king—he’ll let you marry me.”
But he wouldn’t listen. Being much stronger than she, he raped her.” 2 Samuel 13:9-14 [MSG]

But that’s not the end,

“No sooner had Amnon raped her than he hated her—an immense hatred. The hatred that he felt for her was greater than the love he’d had for her. “Get up,” he said, “and get out!”” 2 Samuel 13:15 [MSG]

So not only did he rape her, he humiliated her.

Now imagine if you were David, how would you feel? You were tricked into sending your daughter to be ravaged and humiliated by your beloved firstborn son, the one whom you loved more than anyone else. And this you did by your own hand too.

Yet, when David heard of Amnon’s sin,

“King David heard the whole story and was enraged, but he didn’t discipline Amnon. David doted on him because he was his firstborn.” 2 Samuel 13:21 [MSG]

Maybe memories of his sin with Bathsheba and how he got Uriah killed just to have her came back? Maybe he saw himself in Amnon? We don’t know. But what we do know is that

“Absalom quit speaking to Amnon—not a word, whether good or bad—because he hated him for violating his sister Tamar.” 2 Samuel 13:22 [MSG]
And Absalom killed Amnon in the end.

So imagine if you were David; by your own hand you sent your daughter to be ravaged by your beloved son. And because of his sin, which was compounded by your own inaction for not disciplining your favorite son, his brother, your other son, killed him. In one series of events, you have just lost your daughter in spirit, her brother to anger and your favorite son to death. It doesn’t rain, does it? It pours.

Yet, through it all, there was no record of David seeking the Lord for guidance and wisdom on how to handle the situation. Instead, when Absalom ran after killing Amnon, David did, for a time, send troops to go after him, but not to find him and bring him home, but to kill him. Notice how David was overtaken by his own emotions and blinded judgement?

And isn’t this true for us too? When we are faced with trials, the first place we turn to is our emotions. We allow them to overtake us and cloud our better judgement. In fact, it was not until Absalom hatched a coup again David, which made David run off into the desert, did David finally seek the Lord for refuge and deliverance. But by then, his favorite son had died, his daughter had been ravaged and his other son was already taking over his kingdom. Not only that, his own people were saying this of him,

“Meanwhile, the whole populace was now complaining to its leaders, “Wasn’t it the king who saved us time and again from our enemies, and rescued us from the Philistines? And now he has had to flee the country on account of Absalom.” 2 Samuel 19:9-10 [MSG]

Had David gone to the Lord much earlier, what pain could have been averted; and he so rightly acknowledged in the wilderness,

“When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.
My soul [my life, my very self] clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:6-8 [AMP]

Beloved, we must always remember that right from the beginning, our Father has promised that

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” Deuteronomy 28:3-6

And also,

“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 28:8
Now, should enemies come against you, should others seek to persecute you,

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” Deuteronomy 28:7

“Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.” Deuteronomy 28:10

Beloved, trials and challenges will come. Yet, when they do, at the first sign of trouble, run to the Lord, seek Him and His protection. Hide under His wings and you will surely be spared the needless pain of wandering around in your desert.

Indeed, the hand of the Lord is always there to uphold you. So don’t wait too long to realize that

“…those who seek my life to destroy it
Will [be destroyed and] go into the depths of the earth [into the underworld].
They will be given over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.” Psalm 63:9-10 [AMP]
There really is no need to go in on your own. Our Father has promised that

“…the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” Deuteronomy 28:11-13

And the commandment for us today is none other than this.

“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”” John 6:29

Believe that Jesus has given you complete remission of all your sins and you are now perfectly righteous before God our Father because He said,

“Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Believe that Jesus loves you and is always for you and will never be out to get you or punish you because He said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Believe that Jesus wants nothing more than to answer your prayers with things that are good for you because He said,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

So believe and act on this promise of Jesus,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Yes, when trouble comes, it pours. But you can stop the rain just like how Jesus stopped the storm. All you need to do is run to Him at the first sign of trouble and let Him shelter you under His wings and take care of the rest.

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