1 Samuel 29
God has a way of accomplishing His purposes in our life, even when we are off the rails. If David had participated with the Philistines in the battle against Saul, it would have undermined his authority as anointed King. If he had turned on those he’d been serving with, it would have undermined his integrity. So God orchestrated the Philistines leaders insisting he return to Ziklag.
Have you ever faced a no-win scenario and trusted God to provide the solution you cannot envision? It’s amazing to see how God can take a situation from which there seems to be no escape, and create the perfect solution. Long before Captain Kirk was reprogramming the simulator at Starfleet Academy to beat the Kobayashi Maru, God was devising a way out for us. From the original sin in the Garden, to each of our own choices, we boxed ourselves in to a situation from which there was no escape. A no-win scenario where our best efforts could not free us from the mess we had made.
But God stepped in, coming to earth as an infant to live the life we couldn’t live and die the death we deserved to die in order to provide that unforeseeable solution to our quandary: How can a perfect God allow imperfect man into His perfect presence?
There are so many examples of God providing the perfect escape throughout the Bible. God shows us over and over again that all of our efforts lead to a dead end. Yet He stands ready, at the moment we call on Him, to rescue. It’s such a universal truth that in writing, we consider it cliche – Deux ex machina. At the hero’s darkest moment, God swoops in to save.
Somehow, it doesn’t feel cliche when you are the one who needs to be saved.