Bible Studies for Life Lesson for August 29- Face Crises with Courage
August 13 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 24-26, 30-37; 19:7-8a  

John F. Kennedy said, “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”

Times of crisis come into our lives when we least expect them. Health problems. Financial difficulties. Death of a family member. How you handle the devastating circumstances in life will be determined by how you live your life on a day-to-day basis.

If you trust God each day to supply your needs, guide your steps, and take care of your family when things are running smoothly — your natural inclination will be to trust Him to do the same things when life seems out of control.

King David is a perfect example of this. The background passages found in 2 Samuel 13-19 describe David struggling with crises almost beyond our ability to comprehend: rape within the family unit (13:1-22); family revenge resulting in murder (13:23-38); reconciliation between estranged family members (14:1-33); rebellion from a beloved child (15:1-17:29); the death of a child (18:1-33); and finally, the necessity of returning to the responsibilities of life following a time of great trial and tragedy (19:1-43).

Life is a wonderful gift from the Lord. But if you live long enough, trials will surely come your way. The keys to David’s ability to endure and persevere through the trials he had to face were his faith, his friends, and his commitment to fulfill his responsibilities to God and others. 

David’s faith in God never wavered. He wrote these words in the midst of dealing with the crises in his life.
  • “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Ps. 55:22, NIV).
  • “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe” (Ps. 61:3, NIV).
  • “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Ps. 63:8, NIV).
David also turned to trusted friends for help and advice in his time of need. He asked Hushai to stay in Jerusalem as he and his men fled the city. He said, “Then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice” (15:34, NIV). David also listened to wise counsel from his troops when they advised him not to march out with the units headed for battle. The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you” (18:4, NIV).

And in spite of his personal loss, David knew that his people needed him. “So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway” (19:8, NIV).

Need courage for facing your next trial? Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 and remember the keys to King David’s perseverance.
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