It is amazing what mankind has accomplished in its history. It is gratifying to know that we are able to make a difference for people in need when we put our minds to it. As much as we accomplish, there will always be things out of our grasp. Does that reality frighten, unsettle or inspire us? Are we comfortable identifying and accepting our limitations?
King David, one of the most successful kings in Israel’s history was no slouch when it came to advancing the kingdom. He was brave and brilliant. David’s faith was second to none. He was the guy that, as a teenager, defeated a giant with stones and a slingshot. David’s heart was of such caliber that God selected him as the successor of King Saul before he even proved himself against Goliath! This is merely a reminder that King David was not known for apathy, weakness or failure.
David also accepted his limitations, not with stress and anxiety, but with ease and calm. He confessed: “My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me (Psalm 131:1).” With all of his accomplishments, David did not live by the idea that he could do everything. Some things were out of his control. While that might leave others in panic and despair, David was at peace with it. David described his contentment like this: “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (131:2).”
King David faced threats to his throne. He was burdened with fighting and death among his own children. King David was well aware that whatever riches and luxuries he enjoyed one day could easily be gone the next. Instead of living in fear, David learned to calm and quiet himself (131:2). How did he manage that? King David put his hope in the Lord (131:3). His bravery and intelligence could only carry him so far. At the end of the day, all matters are in God’s hands.
Hope in the Lord brought peace to King David in ways nothing his accomplishments ever did. Instead of fear and anxiety robbing him of his days, hope in the Lord helped calm and quiet himself. Does hope in the Lord bring you that same peace? Do you find yourself panicked and stressed when you don’t know what to do anymore? When you have something you treasure and enjoy, do you rely on it for joy and security more than you do the Lord? If so, you need to set your sights on the Lord if you want to know lasting peace. Hope can bring great joy to your day in the midst of calamity and uncertainty. Has hope done this for you lately? If not, take some time to examine upon what or in whom you have placed your hope.