Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“And now, I have come to speak of this thing to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. And I thought, ‘I will speak to the king; it may be that he will perform the request of his servant. For the king will hear to deliver his handmaid from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from the inheritance of God.’”
II Samuel 14: 15, 16
“A Woman’s Wisdom” Part 7
A Wise Woman’s Trust”
“You may trust the Lord too little, but you can never trust Him too much.”
TRUST: Total confidence in the integrity, ability and good character of another.
What does the word “trust” mean to me in the practical aspects of my life?
When I hear the word “trust,” what person in my life do I feel most appropriately characterizes the meaning of this word?
In my relationship with my heavenly Father, what does the word “trust” mean?
“Boundless is Thy love for me,
Boundless then my trust shall be.”
“Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us.”
Psalm 62: 8
She was called a “wise” woman. It is no wonder. She possessed every characteristic I think we can agree would be found in an individual who was identified as wise.
It appears, from the Biblical record, that David’s close friend and confidante, Joab, had grown up near Tekoah where he possibly had not only met, but certainly had heard about the “wise” woman. A woman who had the gift of discerning and speaking truth. But this woman also held within herself the gifts of responsible action and unselfish compassion along with heartfelt mercy.
However, as we found out yesterday, this wise woman also had knowledge regarding the man she was dealing with – King David. Because of her unique acquaintance with the king, she approached him with boldness. And I asked myself, “What was it that gave her this spirit of boldness to confront the king – a man who literally held the fate of her life in his hands?”
I’d like to offer this perspective, for I believe it holds the answer to the bold spirit expressed so readily by the “wise” woman of Tekoah and it also gives you and me divine insight into how we can interact with the King of our lives – our Father in heaven.
While we have studied a great deal over the last few months about David’s moral failings and the effect his behavior had, not only on his family, including the lives of his children, there is also another side to David. It is the repentant and regenerated David. While some people fall and choose to stay down, David admitted his errors. He repented of his behavior. And then, he pleaded with his Father to “restore” him to the relationship they once enjoyed. This request, found in Psalm 51: 12 (Amplified Bible), is one of my favorite passages in the Psalms, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.” This was David’s longing, expressed not only to God but before his family, friends and the citizens of the country he ruled.
It was this repentant heart which David’s subjects came to respect and trust. And it was this part of David’s life which cultivated the trust that made it possible for the wise woman of Tekoah to know that she was not errant in putting trust in the word of the king, David. He had proved himself worthy of her confidence. And so, with complete boldness, she placed her trust in David and asked him to deliver her. When she had no where else to turn; when she was backed into a cul-de-sac with no way out; she came to the king who was her only refuge.
How I love this story. What a lesson this parable conveys to you and me when we find ourselves backed into the cul-de-sacs of peril in our own lives. For many of you, that dead-end may be the job loss which has turned your financial world upside down. For others, the impasse in your life may be a diagnosis of cancer that appears to be a death sentence. For so many of God’s girls at this time, the dead stop in your life may be a terribly abusive relationship which holds you in a perpetual state of fear. Whatever the deadlock, whatever has pushed you to the point of where you feel you are at the end of your rope and you can’t hold on much longer, never forget what the wise woman of Tekoah did. With boldness, she came to the king and placed her complete trust in him. And we must never forget, this was an earthly king who had won the trust of the wise woman, while our “King,” yours and mine, holds the Universe together. Our King is Master of all. Trusting His guidance in our lives is simply nothing more than trusting the most reliable, most dependable, most trustworthy person in the entire world. The inspirational Christian author, Hannah Whitall Smith, writing about learning to trust God, noted that we should, “remember always that there are two things more easily incompatible than oil and water – trust and worry.” As she continued she asked this question, “Would you call it trust if you should give something into the hands of a friend to attend to for you, and then should spend your nights and days in anxious thought and worry as to whether it should be rightly and successfully done?” I find her conclusion encouraging: “If you have trusted God in a few things, and He has not failed you, trust Him now for everything, and see if He does not do for you exceeding abundantly, above all that you could ever have asked or even thought.” As one author reminds, “Trust is an increasingly confident act of relinquishment into the hands of One you can rely on completely.”
It was one of my missionary heroes, the pioneer Hudson Taylor who founded the China Inland Mission, who wrote at a very low point in his life, “I am so weak that I can hardly write, I cannot read my Bible, I cannot even pray, I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child, and trust.”
This is what the wise woman of Tekoah teaches us. We have a “King” in whose arms we can lie still and trust – today and everyday.
“Build a little fence of trust around today;
Fill the space with loving work,
And therein stay;
Look not through the sheltering bars upon tomorrow;
God will help thee bear what
Comes of joy or sorrow.”
Mary Frances Butts
“I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus”
“I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.
I am trusting Thee for pardon,
At Thy feet I bow;
For Thy grace and tender mercy
I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Every day and hour supplying
All my need.
I am trusting Thee for power
Thine can never fail;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall;
I am trusting Thee for ever,
And for all.”
Frances Ridley Havergal
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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