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David went from humble shepherd to national hero to great king. But he wasn't great because of his reputation or military prowess. He was great because of where he'd learned to place his hope. David is one of history's most famous kings. But more important, he was a man after God's own heart. Psalm 25:1 — “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”
When your circumstances make you angry, isolated, or afraid, don’t run from God. Remember his faithfulness. He has not forsaken you. Surrender your burden to him. Let him give you rest. Psalm 9:9 — “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Matthew 11:28–29 — 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Returning good for evil is your best opportunity to be like your Father in heaven. It’s how your story intersects with the greatest story ever told. God returned good for evil when he gave his Son for our sin. Following the way of God will set you free. It will set you apart. So don’t settle for even. Do for others what they don’t deserve. 1 Peter 3:9 — “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."
Few things are as repulsive as a leader, parent, boss, or politician who leverages influence for his or her benefit to the neglect of those he or she is responsible for. Mark 10:45 — “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Some dreams can’t come true. The two of you won’t live happily ever after. You aren’t going to walk your daughter down the aisle. It wasn’t the dream job after all. So what do you do when you discover your dream can’t come true? Psalm 25:1, 5 — “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."