“Since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not defeated me.”
“I rely on the LORD, I rely on Him with my whole being; I wait for his assuring word. 6 I yearn for the LORD, more than watchmen do for the morning, yes, more than watchman do for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD, for the LORD exhibits loyal love, and is more than willing to deliver.”
“Pray to me when you are in trouble! I will deliver you, and you will honor me!”
If we have lived long enough, we have all experienced someone who was jealous of us our just did not like us. Since childhood, I have seen this reality played out in the lives of others and in my life. I never understood it then, and I do not understand it fully now – but when we come to God, He is able to grant insight and wisdom.
The flesh wants to glorify itself and exalt self above everyone else, if left unchecked. People vie for position as if it can bring them life, or try to make miserable the one who was placed in a position, as if they were to blame. But God’s sovereignty and purpose is woven throughout.
I used to really get upset when I learned of people gossiping about me or someone else, but now I see it as a golden opportunity to glorify God and let it work character in, instead. The persecution of jealousy begins to work in our character a jealousy for God’s glory and not our own. No longer upset that someone is not a fan of us, we become upset if someone’s actions would hurt Christ’s bride, the church. I would not want to be that person. Sadly, we all have been at one time or another.
If we are all honest, we have all not liked some personalities. This being true of us all, we are still called to love. We are not the standard – God is. Popularity is fleeting. When backbiting and slander happen even within the church, we must resist the devil and put on love. We must care more about the church than our own offenses.
Praise be to God Who delivers us from attacks from the enemy! Instead of being caught up in a mire of drama or becoming offended, we are freed up to have concern for the one who is offended by us. Instead of fear of their perception, we cry out to God who defends and delivers us from it all.
Sometimes He delivers us through understanding and sometimes He defends us from attack. Ultimately He led by the perfect example; being LORD of Lords, but choosing to be a servant. Being mistreated and putting on love in the midst.
Lord, thank You for being our Deliverer! Thank You for showing us a better way and opening our eyes to see the real spiritual warfare all around us. Help your church, oh God! May we care more about Your glory than our own.