What do you do when you are facing something scary?
Maybe it's the threat of the coronavirus, a divorce, mounting debt, cancer, etc.
As I heard someone say yesterday, "I'm freaking out!"
There's an interesting, obscure story in the Bible that might help us with our reaction. We don't have to freak out. There's a different way.
In 1 Samuel 22:1, David hides in a cave because he is literally running for his life. His father-in-law, King Saul, is trying to kill him. In fact, he's been running from one place to another for a while trying to escape. He's tired, worn out, hungry, frustrated, fearful and confident. Yes, confident.
He's now hiding to protect himself. The cave is his protection ... sort of.
David is an interesting mix of warrior, lover and musician. So while hiding in this cave, he found inspiration to write a song. He wrote these lyrics:
"Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." (Psalm 57:1, NIV)
He declares that his real source of protection is God Himself. He is really hiding in God. His confidence is in God. He believes that God will protect him. He believes that God will keep His promises. He believes that God still loves him. David still believes even in the face of danger and chaos.
So, what do you do when you are facing something scary?
First, hide in a cave. Do the practical things you know that will help you. Follow the advice of your doctors, lawyers, family and friends. Do what you can to protect yourself.
Second, hide in God. Realize where your protection really comes from. David knows no cave can ultimately protect him. It may just delay the inevitable. (He had to keep running for his life after this. Hiding in a cave was only a temporary solution.) So sing a worship song to remind yourself of what you know to be true ... that God is good, God is great, and God still loves you. Or better yet, write your own worship song. Put pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard. Express your mix of emotions while clinging to the promises and truth of God, Your Father. Let worship be a faith-filled response to your fear-inducing disaster.
Our prayer: God, help us be confident in You and cling to You until our disasters have passed. Because they will pass. Thank You for taking us under Your wings. And let us declare as David did from the cave ... "For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies." (Psalm 57:10, NIV)
Jeremy Walden is the pastor of Mosaic Family Church, a nondenominational church in Auburn, and teaches Family Communication at Auburn University. Find Mosaic Family Church online at www.mosaicfamilychurch.org or follow the church on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with sermon series and events.