Brain Wars Finale – Handling A Bad Day ~ blog
Bad days … we all know what they are like. You oversleep your alarm. The daily commute is backed up by a wreck on the freeway. You arrive late to work, again, and your assistant says the boss wants to see you immediately. You already elevated blood pressure goes up another notch as you slowly turn the doorknob to enter her office completely unaware of what will happen next.
It is on those days that we really seem to get bombarded with bad news and nothing seems to be going the way we had planned. We can feel so much pressure that even the idea of spending quality time with the Lord and growing in our spiritual life seems like a waste of time so why even try?
Is it possible that we are having bad days because we are not spending the time we need to spend with the Lord and are spiritually malnourished? Forgetting that spiritual power and the ability to walk in the Spirit is not automatically programmed into us each day but are the result of time spent in the Word and in prayer.
We feel and respond to the tyranny of the urgent instead of heeding the call of God to slow down and spend some time listening to the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. He wants to spend time helping you … speaking into your life and fears … and granting you peace and strength so you can handle the stress of the day.
Let’s take a look at someone else’s bad day and see if we can learn some lessons from this man. The lad who had enough faith to slay Goliath and cut off his head. David, who went on to become the king of Israel and led his people into times of prosperity. But sometimes even kings have bad days.
On this day the tides are turning on King David. His leadership of his family has been crumbling after his affair with Bathsheba. His daughter Tamar is raped by her half-brother Amnon. Two years later Tamar’s brother, Absalom, has Amnon killed at a feast and Absalom flees to his grandfather’s house for things to cool off.
Eventually, they seemingly reconcile but Absalom has bigger things he is now lusting over. He wants to be king so he knows he must overthrow his father David by putting Dad to death. He builds up his followers and when the time is right, and he has his army, he heads to Jerusalem to overthrow his father … which on those days would include him killing his father King David.
Talk about a bad day … I certainly have not had anything like that and probably neither have you. Everything and everybody is on the line and time is running out. But David, for some odd reason says;
“Wait a minute guys … I have a great idea for a song!”
And that song he writes is Psalm 3 which begins like this …
“Lord, how many are my foes! … How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me, … “God will not deliver him.”
These were the circumstances of this day for David. His favorite son, Absalom is coming to kill him, and his enemies have multiplied and are longing to destroy this arrogant king and give Absalom the throne.
However, despite all the mistakes David made as a father and failed as a leader to his family there is still this little and ruddy boy inside who killed the giant Goliath while the entire army of Saul was quaking in their sandals for 40 days. So, his song continues;
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.”
Not so fast, David reasons. What his enemies do not realize David still knows. The Lord has not abandoned him. No matter how dark things look … the Lord is a shield around him. And like a father who puts his hand under his child’s chin to lift up his head so that he can see and remember that the love of the Father is still there with him, so David lifts his head up and knows the Lord will answer him when he cries out. So, he sings on;
“I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.”
Can we truly believe that the Lord is in control? What enabled David and can also enable us to lie down and sleep even though we are surrounded by enemies and our circumstances look extremely bad? Where can we find this peace that passes all understanding no matter what we must face the next day?
In one word … faith. Not faith in yourself or in your plans … but faith in the complete Sovereignty of God. Believing that no matter what happens God … our Father is in control. When we really believe that we have established in our brain that no matter what happens tomorrow the Almighty God has our back and will work all things to His masterplan of conforming us into the image of Jesus.
So, stop running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Go take a nap!!!