How do you respond when something doesn’t go your way? Perhaps you were a shoo-in for that promotion at work, and then a newer employee gets it instead. Or maybe your parents decided that you weren’t ready to get your license on your 16th birthday. Or you’ve had a great vacation planned for months only to have COVID-19 ruin those plans.
Every time we are faced with a situation where we don’t like the outcome, our response is indicatave of our view of God. A famous preacher once said, “Your view of God is the most important thing about you.” If that is true (and I believe it is) then our responses should be consistent with how we see God. But in order to have a correct response, we have to worship God for who he is, not who we want him to be. That is idolatry.
David gives us a good example in 1 Chronicles. You’ve seen over the last couple of days that David had a desire to build a temple for God. He was very passionate about it. However, due to his violence, God took away his opportunity to build it, instead passing that privilege on to his son, Solomon. David could have said, “Fine! Let Solomon build it. If I can’t do it, I’m not gonna help!” But instead, he responded by saying, “I may not be able to build it, but I will do everything in my power to make Solomon successful.”
Not only did David prepare ridiculous amounts of supplies, he also enlisted the help of those who would and could do the work. They agreed willingly and David told them that they should do as Solomon required. Beyond that though, David gave of his own wealth to set an example for the people of giving to God what he deserved.
We see in 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 David’s view of God that led him to this correct response. These verses might even be ones that you would commit to memory to remind you of God’s worthiness.
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
The next time you get put in a situation you don’t like, how will your response reflect your view of God? Will you do everything in your power to make that person successful who got the promotion instead of you, or will you sit back and brood and hope they fail? Your vacation plans got cancelled. Will you tell everybody what you think of the government’s response, or will you use it as an opportunity to refocus your family on the blessings that God has given?
The correct response is…?