Last evening at a Bible study the conversation centered around the topic of growth within the life of a Christ follower. My mind reflected on many of the stories in the scriptures. David seems to have some significant growth in faith during a) seasons of solitude - when he's shepherding the sheep communing with God, b) when he's scampering from Saul - when the only sanctuary he has is God himself, c) when he's humbled - and escaping Jerusalem as Absalom leads a rebellion.
David lived through a host of crises and they proved to be inseparable from the creation and recreation of his character.
Similar observations can be found in the lives of other characters in scripture and across history.
I'm not sure I find it comforting. I suspect it to be a demand for courage which is inaccessible and inoperable except by grace. Thanks be to God who grants us this grace through Jesus His Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit.