Verse for Today: Friday, November 23, 2012
1 Samuel 18:11 – Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.
It is shocking to see how God’s children are attacked by those who are dearest and nearest to them. It is understandable when the enemy from the outside attacks us to annihilate us. But it is quiet difficult to understand why our own people attack to get rid of us. Such attacks are unexpected, unnatural and quite unacceptable to us. But we find that our enemy is such a cruel, sadistic and cunning foe that he tries to use anybody and everybody to confront us. The enemy sows the seeds of envy, competition, hatred and contempt in the minds of our own dearest people to use it against us. We might be engaged in rich ministry as David did when he was playing music to comfort King Saul. Like Saul, our dear ones often do not seem to realize that these negative emotions are filled in their hearts by the enemy who hates our rich relationships with other God’s children. The enemy is well aware of the fact that if he can destroy our unity with other children of God, it is easier to defeat us. He wants to use our dear ones against our ranks and break our divine heritage. In such circumstances, it is easier for us to fight back and try to get victory over them. But David took a divine approach when he was attacked. He eluded Saul and thus escaped the attack twice. David sang praises to God when he escaped such attacks. He never complained to others about the attack, but instead spoke to God about it. David received the grace of God to escape unhurt. But he was unwilling to retaliate against God’s anointed king and left it all to God to handle in His infinite wisdom.
Dear reader, are you under regular attack from the enemy’s camp? If there is no attack at all, it might mean that your life doesn’t provoke any response from the enemy and so he wants to leave you alone. If you are under attack, it is because you are defeating the enemy on several counts. So the enemy might be using outsiders and insiders to attack and devastate you. He knows that you have the whole armor of God with you, but he wants to see how he can tempt you to use it against the insiders as it has been used against the outsiders. His attacks are to take away your unity with the insiders like your kith and kin, neighbors, friends and even people in your fellowship. He attacks us through the insiders to tempt us to use God’s armor against them. David had the grace of God not to retaliate when repeatedly attacked, and he simply slipped away from the spear of King Saul. No matter how fierce the attacks from the insiders are, let us not use the armor God has given us to use against the enemy on the outside. The enemy uses intellectual, emotional and social weapons against us. He uses emotional weapons like fear, anxiety, false accusations, unbelief, confusion and intimidation to fight us. He will ridicule us for our reluctance to use weapons of flesh against those of the household of faith. Our God wants us to be spiritually expedient and under the control of His Spirit when dealing in such circumstances. Let us not allow our hearts and minds to be hurt and frustrated because we get such bitter attacks from our dearest and nearest. Let us not be discouraged, but pray for them so that God will restore our emotions and give us the joy that cannot be taken away by adverse circumstances. Let us not be tempted to be slaves of revenge and retaliation when attacked. Let us get release, restoration and healing of our emotions as we speak to our Father about such painful attacks and take refuge under His wings.
Psalms 61:4 – I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.
Thought for Today
When we leave our safety and protection to the Lord, He will help us to escape the snares of life through His wisdom.
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