Desperate Times Do Not Call for Desperate Measures.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

I have a question to ask you friends: what do you do in desperate situations. You know the situations that keep you up late at night because your mind will refuse to stop running. The situations where you try to make up plan after plan only watch each one of them fail. I have often times in my own life just choose to run away from my adversities, and I have ended up in the hands of the enemy. Can you relate? 

Tonight I want us to read in 1 Samuel 27, where David is caught in the midst of his own desperate time. He has been on the run from Saul, the envious king. David hasn’t been relying on God or even speaking of him. David has began to rely on himself, which is the beginning on the road to destruction: “But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.” ‭1 Samuel‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have mentioned before that I was neck deep into pornography. At the time, I thought that was the only oulet open to me The evil desires it caused made me forget this reality and I entered a new one. A one where I felt safe and pleasures. Exactly what David felt when he made his home in Gath; the home of Goliath. How could David possibly think this was a good plan?! Here are six points to keep in mind about David’s close minded choices and what choices God wants us to make: 

1) we will have a season of drought, but we should not remain there. Trust that God will send the rain.
2) depend on God to get us through our adversities 

3) in some situations, we think it’s best to run (our own perspective) instead of remaining still (god’s perspective). 

4) our disobedience can end with on a price on our own life and our generations to come.

5) we can find comfort in earthly pleasure and the “easy road instead of trusting God in the narrow road

6) we can often take safety with the enemy because it’s often more “convenient”

One statement to keep in mind: “Desperate times do not call for desperate measures. They call for prayerful measures.” You and I are going to go through drought seasons. Seasons that will challenge our faith, our minds, and our bodies. But are we going to find life again through Christ, or are we going to continue plotting our own deaths? Our choices always come with consequences, but God is still there in the midst of it all. He still wants to provide us His strength and for us to find him again in our darkest hour. 

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭30:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Leaning on God’s Understanding.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not in your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. 

This verse is pretty straight forward, right? God is merely asking us to trust His judgement above our own. Once we obey that, He will reward us by guiding each of our lives into a better path. That seems so great, yet you and I both know how extremely difficult that is. 

How our we supposed to trust God in all circumstances? I know I had to. My mother died in a car accident 20 years ago this year and it’s been an uphill battle accepting that. She was called an “earthly angel” when she walked the Earth. She had beautiful, long brown hair. She had the most elegant singing voice, and she loved my brother and I very much. We were a happy little family, until a red pick up truck ripped her out of our lives in a blink of a second. My forehead wasn’t the only thing that took damage. My faith did as well. For half of my life I was very angry at God. How could He have planned for my mother to be taken away from me at such a young age? I constantly looked at my reflection, seeing the scar that the accident left on my face, and in my own heart. It took so much prayer and council, but God opened my eyes to why He did. My mother was taken from me, but then he gave me a new one. Along with two sisters. My once small family doubled in size and I couldn’t be more happy. I even have a beautiful niece and another baby on the way thanks to God’s plan. 

I learned that I need to trust God all the time. It’s very difficult, but the reward is so worth it. Whatever trial you’re going through, know God has a plan for you. He doesn’t want you to waste energy trying to figure it out on your own. Trust His way, and He will make your path straight. 😊❤🌈