Dear Heart of a Shepherd Follower,
We have seen many reminders of God’s providential care throughout Joseph’s life and admired his faith and fortitude through the sorrows and injustices he suffered. Hated by brothers whose jealousy drove them to sell him as a slave. Falsely accused by his master’s wife, unfairly sentenced to prison, and forgotten. Consider another example of faith in the providence of God recorded by David in Psalm 18:30.
Psalm 18:30 – “As for God [“El”; “Almighty God”], his way [path; actions] is perfect [without blemish]: the word [commandment] of the LORD [Jehovah] is tried [refined; purged by fire]: he is a buckler [small shield] to all those that trust in him [make Him their refuge].”
It is easy to say, “the way of God is perfect” when we are free from trials and troubles; however, are we willing to trust the LORD when trials shadow our days? Will we trust Him when we are like gold passing through a smelter’s fire?
When enemies malign us and friends betray us, will we, like David turn to God’s promises and hope in the LORD? Will we trust Him as our “buckler” (a small shield for hand-to-hand combat), when an enemy means to harm us?
Reflecting on the character of God (18:31), when David asserts, Jehovah is my Refuge (i.e. “rock”), his strength was renewed (18:32), his courage restored, and his steps made sure (18:33, 36).
Friend, are you facing trials? Don’t lose hope! Be confident “His way is perfect” and the fiery trials you are facing have the potential of purifying your heart like silver and strengthening your character like steel!
Give thanks to the LORD even before the trial is past knowing His mercies fail not (18:46-50)!
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith