Friday, August 18, 2017

Fight For Me, God!

Perhaps the deepest wounds any of us carry are the wounds that come from being betrayed. They leave a bitter taste in our mouths and a desire for revenge in our minds and hearts. When a trusted friend turns out to be an enemy, especially without cause, it fractures – sometimes forever – what was expected to be a confidant for life. Trust turns into resentment and what was love seeks revenge. Anger turns into grief and a large hole grows in our heart. We question what to do or where to go for help.
What is the best course of action for us to take? Spread rumors about “the enemy”? Seek ways to destroy that person’s reputation? Allow depression to overtake us and hide from the light of day? It’s too difficult to remain calm when our insides churn.
When David was being destroyed by those who he thought were his closest friends and advisors, he turned to God. He did not ask God to forgive them. Nor did he ask God to convict them and make amends to him. No! He asked God to arm Himself with a shield, buckler and spear and go after his foes. He allowed God to settle the score.
And then he asked God to speak to him, bring a peace to his heart and assure him that “I, God, am your salvation!” He was anxious but trusted in God.
David had done no wrong in this instance. He deserved to be vindicated. He was aware, however, that if he took things into his own hands it might have been disastrous if he lost control of his anger. So, in his wisdom, he asked God to vindicate him. And God did!
Prayer: Help us, God, to turn to You when we are wronged by others and to trust in You to make things right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 35:9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.