Comforting the hurt!
Verse for Today: Monday, December 17, 2012
Psalms 9:12 – For He who avenges blood remembers; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Crimes against God’s children are taken very seriously by God. When His children are hurt, their Heavenly Father is also hurt. He feels their pain and agony. So He declares to the enemy and his agents that they will have to pay a heavy price for hurting His children. The blood of the martyrs cries loudly unto God and He will definitely answer their cries. This is true about physical, emotional and character assassinations. God’s wrath will be upon those who afflict His children. Prophetic record loudly and clearly declares God’s plan of action to avenge those who hurt His children. When we are accused, slandered and deprived of our rights, our Heavenly Father sees it all. A response from Heaven will follow, but today God gives the assassins and false accusers opportunity to confess and get forgiveness from Him. Judgment on them starts in this world itself and it commands them to repent. The accusers of Joseph became his servants and worked under him. The same happened to those who gossiped about Daniel. The accusers of Nehemiah had to watch the newly rebuilt walls of Jerusalem standing tall and strong. They had to swallow their threats and malice. Accusers and mockers will have to face God’s wrath at the Great White Throne Judgment. God will avenge every false accusation and character assassination in kind. At the same time, He will listen to the agonizing cries of His children when they suffer. Every unkind criticism, falsehood, crafty and cunning schemes and slandering will be dealt with. Those who allow themselves to be agents of such brutal acts of the enemy will receive their share. God avenged every enemy of David, Nehemiah, Daniel and Paul. He will hear our agonizing prayer when we cry out of deep hurt as a result of the brutality against us. But our prayer should be that of Jesus, Stephen and Paul that they may be forgiven by God because it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of our God who is a consuming fire.
Dear friend, are you burning in the fire of slander, false accusations, unkind criticism, cunning schemes, gossip and rejection from others? Perhaps you are facing these maladies from those you love most. Perhaps the enemy is using the people in your work place, ministry, neighborhood or your own kith and kin to run after your blood. But your response should be to pray for them and ask God to forgive them as Jesus did. You are challenged to love them and think sublime thoughts about them. As you suffer such brutal treatment from others, you also have the privilege to cry unto God for safety in the midst of all the public atrocities against you. Just go to the presence of God and hide under His wings. His presence is your best buffer against all the injustice that the world is heaping over you. They hate you because they hate your God. Their hatred is primarily against your stand for God and the principles you hold. When you stand against corruption, malpractice, bribery, injustice, cheating and malice, you would become an inconvenience to others who try to get rid of you from their arena. But they do not realize that when they hurt you, they are hurting your Father who will not quietly stand back. He will act fiercely at His time. Today let us cry unto God about the sufferings that we face from others and ask for a release. Let us be quiet and praying, and not take revenge on our own. Let us give God a chance to deal in our situations. He will use our rough situations to teach us patience and trust and make us more mature in His ways. As the outside world fights us more, let our trust in the Lord grow all the more. Let us be confident that our God will take us forward in spite of the efforts taken by the enemy to tarnish and batter us.
Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Thought for Today
We take comfort in God’s protection against cunningness and slander and not in revenge.
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