Have you ever felt like others are against you?
Like they’re treating you unfairly, assigning all kinds of negative motives to you, and trying to ‘get’ you?
If so, then first it has to be said that MUCH of the time, we’re wrong. The people we think are against us are not, and we just need to communicate more clearly to get beyond this.
But what if they really are? How do you react?
For many, we do the exact thing our ‘enemies’ are doing–we try to raise up people who are ‘on our side’ and mount a counter-attack of some kind.
That may be a Facebook or Twitter campaign to put them in their place, or an actual plan to confront them. In some cases, we may even plot an altercation.
But what is the person who follows Jesus to do?
After all, if we are ‘citizens of heaven’ and if we are to ‘set our minds on the things of heaven’ (see Colossians 3:1-2), then we should be living differently–even when we’re being mistreated.
Jesus provides the perfect example.
He allowed Himself to be mistreated, to the extreme–going to the cross, dieing for those who were killing Him! Instead of asking the Father to reign down death upon them, He said “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 22:34)
But, lest we think that’s only ‘Jesus being Jesus’, and not us ‘regular’ people, think about David.
He would later become king of Israel, and he knew that. Saul, the current king, knew it too…and he reacted very negatively, trying to kill David on many occasions.
Once, when David and his men were hiding in a cave, and Saul and his men were closing in, Saul came to “relieve himself” in THAT VERY CAVE!
4 “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.
5 But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” 7 So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.” (1 Samuel 24:4-7)
Even though David had opportunity and some justification, he knew that what he should really do is to wait on the Lord to deliver him and promote him.
The timing, and the means to his goal were up to the Lord, and not to him!
Later, when David had means and justification for another violent act, he relented. Abigail said to him, “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch.” (1 Samuel 25:29)
Safe in his treasure pouch! I like that!
God holds you–your reputation, your future, your plans, your name–all of it–in His “treasure pouch”.
He ‘treasures’ YOU!
He has your back. As you commit your way to Him, and you follow and honor Him in everything, He will care for you. He will protect you, and He will promote you–in His perfect timing.
Trust Him. He will fight for you!