When I was prosperous, I said, “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.” — Psalm 30:6-7
The entertainment community was shocked and stunned—as was the rest of the country. Actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident in 1995. How could one known as “Superman” suffer such a debilitating injury?
Prior to this tragedy, he had played the part of a paraplegic in a movie. In preparation, Reeves visited a rehabilitation facility. He recalled: “Every time I left that rehab center, I said, ‘Thank God that’s not me.’”
After his accident, Reeves regretted that statement: “I was so setting myself apart from those people who were suffering without realizing that in a second that could be me.” Sadly, for Christopher Reeves, it was.
We too may look at the troubles of others and think that it could never happen to us. We have come to think of ourselves as “bulletproof.” This is true especially if our life journey has led to a measure of success, financial security, and family harmony.
In a moment of vanity and self-sufficiency, King David admitted to falling into the trap of feeling invulnerable: “When I was prosperous, I said, ‘Nothing can stop me now’” (Psalm 30:6). But David quickly caught himself and redirected his heart away from self-sufficiency. He remembered that he had known adversity in the past and God had delivered him: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing” (v. 11).
We must not let prosperity and blessing destroy our sense of need for God. Throughout human history we see that affluence is the disease that most quickly blinds us to our real treasure—our relationship with Him
We are not immune to trials and problems in this life. They do come and they come quite often. Whether in blessing or in trial, we must learn to trust God and give thanks to Him.