I will never leave you nor forsake you. –Hebrews 13:5
It was probably the worst day of his life. David went from being the beaming father of an infant son he adored to making preparations for that infant son’s burial. David prayed and fasted. He spent the night on the hard floor, begging God to reverse the infant’s imminent death. Through David’s prayers were not answered in the way David wanted, God walked beside David on the worst day of his life:
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground … On the seventh day the child died. –2 Samuel 12:16,18
David’s faith was a tenacious, God-given faith. David walked with God before the gut-wrenching day of his little son’s death. David walked with God in the tear-soaked moments when he heard the news he dreaded, news that the child had died. And David continued to walk with God even after that changing, heart-rending day.
Walking by faith on the worst day of your life can present Goliath-like challenges. On the bad days, you feel dreadfully alone and lost. In the worst of times, you wonder whether the sun will ever shine again. On the worst day of your life, you just might begin to think that God has abandoned you and taken his blessings with him.
The worst days, though, are the days when you need to walk closest with the Lord. When you are swallowing hard and forcing yourself to get up in the morning, you need God the most. When all of Satan’s arrows are pointed in your direction, you need to walk in the safety of the Lord provides. When your spouse is burdened, you need to walk alongside her in prayer. When your children struggle, you need to walk with them, reminding them of the love of their heavenly Father.
On the best days of his earthly life, Jesus did not distance himself from the suffering of his people. On the best of his days on earth, Jesus was at work, actively preparing a way for you to live forgiven and in unending joy for all eternity.
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”