When King David was old and ill; he was too weak to be on his throne. His servants were worrying about him. If this wasn’t bad enough, his oldest son was plotting behind his back and was taking steps to place himself on the throne. No one except for Bathsheba and Nathan knew of David’s desire for Solomon to replace him on the throne. The circumstances were grim. Should Adonijah become king, Bathsheba and Solomom would most certainly face death.
Adonijah could get the support of Abiathar, the priest; however, Zadok, the priest, Benaiah, Nathan, the prophet, and David’s special guard did not give their support. Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle, and fattened calves, and he invited all his brothers to join him; the only brother to be excluded was Solomon. Nathan, who was the man of God, intervened. God proved He is the one who establishes the hearts of kings, and He made His will known–Solomon was to be king.
Nathan and Bathsheba convinced David of the impending danger, and David declared Solomon to be the one to take his place on the throne.
A Life Spinning Out of Control
It is easy for us to look at the chaos and unrest in our world, and lose heart, and it is even easier to wonder if God is in control.
We can look at troubles in our lives and ask, “God, is there any way good can come out of this?”
When we’ve prayed and the answers don’t come, it’s easy to say, “God, you have lifted your hand from me.”
When circumstances keep going from bad to worse; it isn’t difficult to crawl into a deep, dark pit. Fear, hopelessness, and, self-pity grips the heart like sharp talons, and when we try to pull free, they grip harder, causing deeper wounds.
When sleepless nights turn into anxious days, and there is sorrow and torment in our minds and bodies, we say, “God, certainly, you can’t be in control.”
When it hurts so badly, and there is nothing left but anguished tears, there are no words to describe the pain.
We have hope! God’s Word tells us He will never let go. In fact, He carries us upon His shoulders. We are never alone because He is always there.
God’s grace allows us to find a way out of the deep, dark pit. God’s grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). This means God’s grace is enough. His strength is made complete when we are weak.
When we take hold of this grace, we change.
Our Father in Heaven truly has the power to heal our hearts and minds. For this, we can be grateful.
Through pain and turmoil, He will teach much.
God is faithful. His word is true, and HE IS IN CONTROL!