LORD, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
Even in the wildest of the animal kingdom you can find a species that scorns its prey after capturing it. Perhaps there is an exception, man. Only man can devise hanging in the gallows for public spectacle someone who has been killed by firing squad. Or as the mythical Achilles dishonored the corpse of his battle-hardened contender Hector, which he tied to his chariot by his feet and dragged his head on the dust of the plain of Troy. The enemy of our souls uses a curious but effective strategy against us. First we are tempted with crafty lures of sweet rewards to make us stray from the straight path that we must stay on and then he subjects us to public ridicule for having failed the commitment we have established with our heavenly Father. With scorn and cruelty he enjoys our temporary defeat and our shame paralyzes us and prevents us from returning in repentance to our merciful Father. He also plants in our mind seeds of doubt about our salvation, making us believe that all is lost forever.
The reality is that he has already been defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ and if he still has power with which to hurt us it is because of our own disbelief that we let him have an open way to take advantage of us. Let us not be lured by false promises and his clever schemes. Firmly resist him with the knowledge and certainty that he is already defeated and that he no longer has neither power nor authority over our lives. The King of kings and Lord of Lords has defeated sin and death and we’re no longer subject to condemnation. Let us rejoice therefore in the liberty and salvation that has been granted to us by our Heavenly Father through the merits of our beloved Lord Jesus. To God alone be the glory!
We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.
One of the things that should clearly differentiate and separate the children of God from the wicked is the opposite approaches they use when facing difficulties. While the wicked falls into a deep panic when things do not go as he wants, the child of God takes things slowly and looks up to God because he knows he can rely on God because he’s the only one who can solve the predicament in which he finds himself. The wicked only rely on their own strength and when they run out of resources they end up thinking that there is nothing left to do and that all is lost. It is possible that the Christian believer finds himself in a situation when all is hopeless but he will still trust in God because on other occasions when he had found himself in similar situations, God has intervened on his behalf in ways that nobody could have ever imagined. When Satan attacked Job and took his children, his property and his cattle, his wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” It is interesting to note that Job’s wife knew that Job was acting with integrity and that what she was proposing to him was absolutely reprehensible.
And you, how do you react when adversity knocks on your door? Do you run madly to seek help from others and forget that your God is the only one who truly has the ability and power to solve all your issues? Do you give up because you think you have lost everything or otherwise wait patiently with hope for the timely moment of divine intervention? Do you blame God for what is happening to you or acknowledge that you’re the only one responsible for messing up your life because of your bad decisions? Do you act as God’s child or as an unbeliever? You still have time to rectify. Put your faith and hope in Jesus Christ and let him act. You’ll see how all situations begin to solve, how the blessings from God start pouring over you and how your attitude towards adversity changes. To God alone be the glory!
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