A viewer recently wrote David Servant asking why they were brought into existence in a world of suffering against their will? In this episode of Little Lessons, David offers counsel to all who are suffering and wish they had never been brought into existence. Learn more!
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Why was I brought into existence? I didn't ask to be born.
Welcome to today's Little Lesson.
Thank, you so much for joining me periodically on Little Lessons.
We address questions that have been sent to us by our beloved viewers.
So that's what we're going to do in this Little Lesson.
One of our viewers has written to us, obviously in a place of great pain or sadness, or discouragement and wondering the fairness of God even bringing them into existence in light of their current circumstance.
Let me read the actual letter to you here, so you can get an idea of where this person's coming from and see.
Maybe if you can identify on some level, as I know that I can.
Not at this moment, but in some of the darker times of my life, I've, certainly questioned, why do I have to exist? And so, listen to this.
He, says, I'm, assuming it's a guy.
Maybe? It could be a woman as well.
But, he said, "I'm sure heaven is unbelievably great.
But in my opinion.
It's not worth all the pain of this life." And.
Then he says, "No matter.
How brief it might be." Well,? That's an underestimation of how great heaven is.
Okay? Paul, said in one place.
He was trying to decide whether he should stay or leave.
That is, go to heaven.
And, he said to depart and be with.
Christ is far better.
And of course, Jesus promised his disciples when he was leaving them.
He said, "I'm, going to go and prepare a place for you.
And I'll be back to get you." And.
The Bible talks about how God's going to be showing us throughout all eternity.
The riches of his grace.
And, so eye has not seen and ear has not heard the wonderful things that God has prepared for those who love him.
If you think that what you're going through in enduring something, it's not worth whatever you're going through to ultimately gain heaven.
I'm, just telling you, you're wrong.
Giving up your life is worth it, according to the scripture, in order to gain heaven., Giving up everything and anything to gain heaven.
That story that Jesus told about the guy who was walking across this neighbor's field one day and he stumbled upon a treasure.
There that perhaps had just been recently exposed by a rainstorm or something.
He quickly goes and he buys the field.
But in order to buy the field.
He sells everything he has to get that field.
And, no doubt.
If we fill in the details of that story, all of his relatives and friends were talking about him behind his back saying, "Well, what an absolute fool, this guy has liquidated everything he owns to buy this field, for which he is greatly overpaying.
It's, not worth it.
It's, just another field like any other field." But.
He had secret knowledge that the owner of the field didn't have, and no one else.
He knew there was a treasure there.
And Jesus said that's how the kingdom of heaven is.
It's worth giving up everything, it's worth enduring anything in order to gain.
So I'm, just addressing the first sentence of this dear person's letter., He, said, "I'm sure heaven is unbelievably great, but in my opinion, it's not worth all the pain of this life." Now, this person's, obviously going through some rough times.
Then he says, "So, when I asked God to have mercy on me and pluck me out of existence, why doesn't he do it?" Oh boy,? My heart goes out to you.
Think many of us have faced challenges and trials during our lives, either because we're trying to serve Jesus or just because we're just facing trials.
And, maybe we've contemplated, we should take our lives.
That would be an easy way, out, or question.
Why is God allowing this to happen and so forth? And? So you find people in the Bible like that too.
So, you don't want to condemn yourself for feeling that way, I was just reading recently about Elijah after he had that wonderful experience of a calling down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice in the presence of 450 prophets of Baal, who had been trying all day to get Baal to hear their prayer and they got nowhere.
Then, when the wicked queen Jezebel heard that all of her profits had been an annihilated by Elijah by the way, he had to go run for his life.
He ran into the wilderness and he was asking God to take his life.
So, some of the greatest Bible characters like Elijah, a mighty man of God, reached a place of despair.
If you read the Psalms, of course, you can see that David was in a great place of despair at times.
He often finished those Psalms in which he complained and griped about his current situation.
He ended those Psalms by praising and rejoicing God and expressing his faith in God that the Lord was going to write the end of the story and the story wasn't over yet.
Because God in heaven is paying attention.
Let me say that to you, if you're discouraged or to this particular viewer who wrote.
God's, not answering your prayer, because God has something so much better for you.
And I guarantee you, if you'll follow Jesus and continue to follow, Jesus, one day, you're going to be so glad that God didn't answer that prayer that he would pluck you out of existence.
This person wants just to disappear and be gone and have no consciousness.
He goes on to say, and this is obviously from a place of pain.
"I can understand why God might choose not to bless me like other people." So this.
This viewer is making a comparison and seeing other people that seem to be more blessed than he or she is, and yet he says that he understands why.
You're, not revealing that to me in this letter.
Why won't he just erase me from existence and never bring me back? I feel like I was brought into exist against my will." Well, okay.
I appreciate your writing that, because, you're being so honest.
You were brought into existence against your will, because before you existed, you had no will.
Like everyone else, like all of us.
Let me tell you, God is good.
And if he brings you into existence, it's because he has a good plan for you.
That is to your blessing and benefit.
Think the Bible is pretty clear on this, that, as I said earlier on in this little teaching, eye has not seen.
Ear has not heard all the things that God has prepared for those who love him.
And those blessings.
We don't have to wait until heaven to receive some of God's blessings.
Oh, my goodness, if we'll repent of our sins and begin to follow, Jesus and serve him and love him and begin to work on loving him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, that doesn't exempt us from trials and temptations and problems.
It does bring a huge enhancement to our lives.
I mean, just knowing God, that's the great prize right, there.
Just, being able to look at the creation.
Look at these trees.
Look at this beautiful field, listen to the birds singing and so forth.
That's, just a tiny little speck of God's work to delight our eyes and to bless us and to send us little messages that he loves: us, okay?, So, no matter what you're facing, look at the bright side.
You can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or you can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.
That's, a quote by Abraham Lincoln, and he faced some tough times, didn't he? Okay.
He had faith in the Lord and the Lord brought him through it.
If Abraham Lincoln was here, today, he'd be saying to you the same thing.
If Jesus was here instead of me, he'd, be telling you what he said in his word.
Let your heart be troubled and trust in God and trust in him, and he's going to bring you through, and dive into his promises.
That's, where all the blessing is.
And he does respond to faith.
I got to tell you that.
And I'm, not God, I didn't make the rules, but God responds when people trust him and believe his promises.
The eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro across the whole earth.
It says in second Chronicles, 16.
God's looking for those whose hearts are his.
That's what you want to be.
Okay out of time for today.
If you've never read my book called God's.
Tests, it'd be a great book for this guy that wrote this letter to me to read.
You can read it for free.
Download it for free, read it for free on our website, Davidservant.org.
Davidservant.org, and then just search on the search bar there for God's Tests.
It's just full of biblical truth that will help you to get through the tough times that we all face and to understand what God's up to behind the scenes.
So much for joining me.
Until next time.
May, the Lord bless you.
- Lesson 1: A Heart for God Prepares Us to Be Used by God. ...
- Lesson 2: The Spirit of God Equips Us to Do the Will of God. ...
- Lesson 3: It's Better to Fear God than to Be Nine Feet Tall. ...
- Lesson 4: The Glory of David is not David At All—It's Jesus Christ.
David rose from obscurity to prominence through the work of God, who took him from leading sheep to leading an entire nation. In 2 Samuel 7 David expressed his desire to build a temple for God. God's desire, however, was to establish a dynasty, a house of rulers to sit on the throne of Israel for generations to come.What was the downfall of David? ›
David is ultimately betrayed by his son Absalom, who stages a coup d'état, rapes his father's concubines, and forces David's exile from Jerusalem. Though David is restored, he dies bitter, instructing his heir, Solomon, to avenge old grievances after his death.What lessons has God taught us in the wilderness of this world? ›
- Moses and the Israelites. ...
- God Will Make a Way, Even Where It Seems Impossible. ...
- God Will Provide and Fight for You. ...
- Sin Will Always Take You Farther Than You Want to Go.
They said it would be better to be slaves in Egypt than to starve in the wilderness. To teach the Israelites to trust Him, the Lord sent bread from heaven for them to pick up each day. They called the bread manna. It tasted like honey.What is the weakness of David in the Bible? ›
Weaknesses. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. He then tried to cover up her pregnancy, and when he failed with that, he had her husband Uriah the Hittite killed.Why did God choose David? ›
God chose David because he saw that his heart was good.
What did Samuel then do to make David King? What did God give David as he was anointed?
David knew that God was keeping him safe and guiding him. And God gave David the faith to deal with his hardships. David prayed and praised God through his painful moments, when he fell short, when he was humbled, and when he wandered miserably.What was God's message to David? ›
"Now then, tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.What did God promise to do for David? ›
Then, in 7:9–11, God gives three promises for the future, two of which are for David, and one of which is for Israel. God promises to “make for [David] a great name” (7:9) and give him “rest from all [his] enemies” (7:11).
He's the true king of Israel, but--and this is the catch--no one else knows it yet. The biblical author saw the God of Israel at work in David's story in unique and important ways that made him stand out from among all of Israel's kings.What are two failures of King David? ›
He tends to succeed when he does not take himself too seriously, but gets into serious trouble when power goes to his head—for example when he takes a census in violation of God's command (2 Sam. 24:10-17) or when he sexually exploits Bathsheba and orders the assassination of her husband, Uriah (2 Sam. 11:2-17).How many wives did David have? ›
|Consort||8 wives: Michal Ahinoam Abigail Maachah Haggith Abital Eglah Bathsheba|
|Issue||18+ children, including: Amnon Chileab Absalom Adonijah Shephatiah Ithream Shammua Shobab Nathan Solomon Ibhar Elishua Nepheg Jerimoth Japhia Elishama Eliada Eliphalet Tamar|
|House||House of David|
Nevertheless, the Biblical sentences quoted above indicate very convincingly that King David suffered from osteoporosis.What is the most important lesson from God? ›
When asked which commandment was the most important, Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37–39).What is the lesson on God is always with us? ›
Read Deuteronomy 31:8 to show that God has promised to always be with us. He will never leave us. Say, What is God telling us to do here? God is telling us that He will go before us, always be with us and will never leave us alone.Why does God put us in the wilderness? ›
What is this? God led the Israelites into the wilderness to make them a nation, to give them his law and to show them how to worship to prepare them for the Promised Land. God led Jesus into the wilderness where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and was then tempted – all before his public ministry.What does wilderness symbolize in the Bible? ›
The wilderness is a locale for intense experiences—of stark need for food and water (manna and quails), of isolation (Elijah and the still small voice), of danger and divine deliverance (Hagar and Ishmael), of renewal, of encounters with God (Moses, the burning bush, the revelation of the divine name, Mount Sinai).What two lessons are Learnt by the Israelites in their time in the wilderness? ›
It is in the wilderness that the Israelites learned to trust God for direction (Fire and Cloud – Ex. 14) and sustenance (Manna and Water – Ex. 16). In Exodus 16, God even says, “I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions” (v.How did the Israelites disobey God in the wilderness? ›
They, as a nation, had despised the word of the Lord, first, by refusing to go up against the Canaanites when the Lord had told them to, and second, by going up against them after the Lord had told them not to.
In the Bible, it's not just Thomas who doubted. Think about it: Everyone did! Adam, Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, and the list goes on. They all were doubters.Who is the enemy of David? ›
So Saul was David's enemy continually” (vv. 28–29). From the moment Saul started to see David as a potential rival, jealousy consumed the king of Israel, and he began to think of ways to kill the son of Jesse.What was King David's greatest weakness? ›
Lust of the flesh
David had several wives, and as was the culture at the time he could take on other wives instead he lusted after another man's wife, pursued this wicked desire and wrecked his relationship with God. Notice what God says, “I would have given you even more” (2 Samuel 12: 8).
David truly knew God because he knew God's Word. God's natural revelation can condemn us, but it cannot lead us to truly know God like David did. Only God's Word can do that. When David faced Goliath, he did so because he knew God's Word.Why did God say no to David? ›
The implication is that David wanted to build God a house but that God forbade David from carrying out his desire, and God's reason was presumably connected to the wars that occupied David's reign.How did David put God first? ›
When his fellow Israelites were shaking in fear from the giant and his insults, David put God before his own protection. Picking up a few stones and facing Goliath in the name of Jehovah seemed foolish to others. But David put God first and God delivered him in that battle.What is David's ultimate prayer? ›
Psalm 86 A prayer of David. Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.Why did David praise God 7 times a day? ›
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.” The bible tells us that David had a vow of praise unto the Lord.How many times did David worship God in a day? ›
How many times did David pray daily? The Bible says that King David would pray three times per day. We know this because King David said himself that he prays “evening and morning and at noon.” Surprisingly, praying three times per day was a fairly common thing that multiple men of God did in the Bible.What was the love of David to God? ›
David's decisions and life were centered on God. He recognized that it was God who protected him as he cared for his father's flocks. When David faced the lion and the bear protecting his father's flocks, he believed in his heart that God would do the same when he faced Goliath and every other enemy he would face.
There God said, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." This is called the protevangelium or "the first gospel." Here we have the first announcement of the coming Savior and Redeemer of mankind.What was God's unconditional promise to David? ›
I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be prince over my people, over Israel; and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee; and I will make thee a great name, like unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth.How did God reveal himself to David? ›
David, the great king of Israel, wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalms 19:1). God also has revealed himself to us through his word, the Bible.What is God's continuing covenant with all? ›
In this covenant with all living creatures, God promises never again to destroy all life on Earth by flood and creates the rainbow as the sign of this "everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth".What is unique about David? ›
David is a strong but unassuming shepherd who becomes God's choice to replace Saul as king of Israel. He is humble yet self-possessed, readily dismissing human opinion. His humility becomes clear early in his youth, when he kills the giant Goliath with a sling stone, declining the opportunity to use Saul's royal armor.How did David find strength in the Lord? ›
The Lord was his God and he helped David and gave him strength when David went to him. Through this event David could give thanks to the Amalekites for through this event he turned to the Lord and he called the Lord his God. “his God” is a very personal testimony. The Lord was his and he was the Lord's.Why Jesus was called Son of David? ›
Matthew begins by calling Jesus the son of David, indicating his royal origin, and also son of Abraham, indicating that he was an Israelite; both are stock phrases, in which son means descendant, calling to mind the promises God made to David and to Abraham.What is the message of the wilderness? ›
The wilderness can be an encouraging place to connect with God. He's showing us the changes we need to make to move us into the places He has planned. The Promised Land awaited the Israelites, but they needed to fully rely on God first. They needed to smash and remove all idols from their lives.What does the wilderness symbolize biblical? ›
The wilderness is a locale for intense experiences—of stark need for food and water (manna and quails), of isolation (Elijah and the still small voice), of danger and divine deliverance (Hagar and Ishmael), of renewal, of encounters with God (Moses, the burning bush, the revelation of the divine name, Mount Sinai).What is the purpose of the wilderness sermon? ›
The Wilderness is a Place of Separation
God lets you be lonely, so that you can come to know Him as your friend. God lets you be frightened and worried, so that you can come to know Him as your peace. God lets you be weak, so that you can know His strength. In the wilderness, God reveals Himself.
In Deuteronomy 8:1-3, God gives us four reasons he took the children of Israel through the wilderness and he takes us for the same reasons. The wilderness is a picture of trials and temptations. The military calls it boot camp and it's their way to find the best way to get the job done.What does the wilderness experience mean? ›
Wilderness is an experience and it must be felt: the air breathed, the rivers sipped from, the peaks climbed, the natural sounds attended to. Wilderness is an area to realize goals. It's a place for reflection, physical and mental challenge, and renewal.What is the aim of the Wilderness Society explain? ›
Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 112 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory. Uniting people to protect America's wild places.What did God provide in the wilderness? ›
In the Old Testament, despite the doubt of the Israelites, God provided them with daily manna, while they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness – Exodus 16.What does the wilderness mean to God? ›
In the historical description of the exodus, the wilderness is the place where God's gracious provision was given to the Israelites in spite of their grumbling. Though the Israelites were tested by God in the desert, they witnessed the glory of the Lord in the same place.What does it mean to live in the wilderness? ›
Wilderness is defined as the undisturbed sections of land that humankind does not control or has not developed. Explore the Wilderness Act of 1964 and why wilderness preservation is important, along with the areas of concern. Updated: 09/24/2021.Why is it called the wilderness of sin? ›
The Wilderness of Sin or Desert of Sin (Hebrew: מִדְבַּר סִין Mīḏbar Sīn) is a geographic area mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as lying between Elim and Mount Sinai. Sin does not refer to the moral concept of "sin", but comes from the Hebrew word Sîn, the Hebrew name for this region.Why did God put us in the wilderness? ›
God led the Israelites into the wilderness to make them a nation, to give them his law and to show them how to worship to prepare them for the Promised Land. God led Jesus into the wilderness where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and was then tempted – all before his public ministry.Why do we worship in the wilderness? ›
Rather, it is a setting free that enables us to worship him as we follow his lead and trust in his promises. Another reason for the post-it note is to be reminded that 'desert' or 'wilderness' places not only forge trust but can also be places where we might prayerfully ask questions.What is wilderness spirituality? ›
The defining characteristics of wilderness spirituality were found to be a feeling of connection and interrelationship with other people and nature; a heightened sense of awareness and elevated consciousness beyond the everyday and corporeal world; and cognitive and affective dimensions of human understandings ...
Going into the wilderness of the soul with another human being is anchored in walking with them through spiritual distress without thinking we have to have them attain "resolution" or "recovery." Being in the wilderness relates to being in a liminal space.What does it mean to be out of the wilderness? ›
The dualism of the wilderness means it can be a place of refuge or a place to leave behind. It is the conversion experience of the wilderness that is most important. The wilderness is a place where one meets Jesus, and from that encounter with Christ, one's life is forever changed.Who did God call to the wilderness? ›
Moses, Israel, David, Elijah, the Apostle Paul, even Jesus all were sent to the wilderness.