The Difficult God-Ordained Seasons That Give Birth To Good Seasons

We have all been through tough seasons; those seasons that make us question whether God still loves us and whether He has not forsaken us. It is true that God always has a good plan for our lives but it is not true that trials, hardships and pain will not be a part of that plan.

Some time ago I was reading the books of Samuel and considering the lives of both King Saul and David. In 1 Samuel chapter 8, Israel asks for a king to rule over them for the first time. Samuel was obviously disappointed because they already had God as their king. He prayed to the Lord and got this answer “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”

God then chose Saul and Samuel subsequently anointed him saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies…the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.”

So we see God anointing a king that is going to rebel against Him, lose the ability to protect his people, kill many priests of His, but most significantly, cause David untold misery as he relentlessly pursued him. Saul would even turn to sorcery in order to desperately seek protection before he fought the battle that would take his life.

Let us focus on David though. He too was anointed by Samuel after God rejected Saul. David represents one of us, the person pursuing God: the Believer. He like any of us received a promise of the good plans God had for him. None greater than the prophet Samuel proclaiming he would be king of Israel some day.

But alas! Soon Saul was trying to kill him. Do not skim over those words, ask anyone who has ever got a death threat how it feels. However this was not a mere threat, Saul was equipped with a large army of thousands of men with swords and bows to ensure a painful death. David spent countless days running in the wilderness and fearing for his life. Even when he tried to make peace with Saul (when he had the chance to take his life) it did not avert his suffering. Do you ever feel like your suffering won’t end? You know you live the right way but trouble seems to follow you like a shadow?

Well, David could say he understands exactly what you are going through.

Ultimately though, God kept his promise: Saul was defeated and killed in battle and at the right time, David took over the kingdom and the days of his fearful nights spent in the wild were over. His difficult season gave birth to a new and good season and God will do the same for you.

So as I considered the sufferings of David I wondered, why did God have to anoint Saul in the first place? He knew all the suffering he would cause David. Then the answer came, Saul’s pursuit of David produced most of the book of Psalms. David ‘gave birth’ to many of those verses when he was in distress running for his life. Question: can you measure the positive effect the book of Psalms has had in the last 2000 years? Can you measure how much more it will have till the end of time? Was it worth his suffering? I would say more than worth it, because I too have been a beneficiary of the Psalms. So we see what God was up to, he indeed had plans for good and not evil.

Do not think that because you’ve suffered so much God has no plan for you, just hold on, keep believing and you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 23:7).

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