Honoring God in Suffering
A devotional thought from Afshin Ziafat for “Perseverance”
1 Samuel 24:5-6: “Afterward, David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, ‘I swear before the LORD: I would never do such a thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed. I will never lift my hand against him, since he is the LORD’s anointed.’”
We learn in this week’s lesson that when we continue doing good in suffering, we are entrusting our soul to a faithful Creator (1 Pet. 4:19). This means that by honoring God in suffering, we declare by our obedience that we believe He is faithful. We reveal that we trust that His ways are higher and better than our ways and that He is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6).
David is a great model of what it looks like to honor God’s will in suffering. King Saul was hunting him down with 3,000 men. David was hiding out in caves. Then one day, Saul went alone into the recesses of a cave and David’s men encouraged him to kill Saul. They even attributed it to God and His plan for delivering Saul to him. David already knew that he was anointed and that he would eventually be king of Israel (1 Sam. 16). But David decided that he would not stick his hands into God’s plan and would wait for God to put him on the throne in His time.
David could have taken the easy way out and rid himself of his trial, but instead, he remained true to God, even if it meant more suffering for him. The truth is that when we put our hands into God’s plan, we actually bring more heartache on ourselves. Faith endures hardship by trusting God in the midst of it.
Pause and Reflect
• In what areas of your life are you putting your hands into God’s plan?
• What would it look like for you to honor God’s will in a current trial?