Thursday, February 28, 2013

Surrounded!

 9As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
 10Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
 11Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 

(Psalm 140:9-11, King James Version)

Surrounded!

Surrounded by his evil pursuers, David was filled with bitterness against those who ruled their kingdoms with evil intent. It certainly was not God's way; how he longed to see God's power displayed against those who refused to obey His Word. Yet, though he prayed for his demise, David never lifted his hand against Saul, God's anointed ruler. He understood that it was God who would finally overcome Saul's disobedience and wickedness.

Few of us have experienced the anguish that David felt when constantly pursued by Saul. Few of us have had to run for our lives and then remain in constant fear of being discovered. Few us of would have had the Godly principles of restraint as evidenced in David when he could have killed Saul, himself. Even though he knew that he was God's next anointed ruler, and in spite of the anguish it caused him, he waited upon God's timing.

What a lesson for us today. How easy it is to become impatient, especially when we feel surrounded by evil. How quickly we would like to take things into our own hands and dispel the wickedness for once and for all. Yet, that is not God's way, is it? Like David, it is important for us to understand that though we make our plans, our steps are ordered by the Lord.

Do we have that kind of faith? When everything seems to be going wrong, are we still able to live in peace with the Lord, knowing that He orders all things: the bad as well as the good? When we look at the bigger picture and see nation rising against nation, how certain are we of God's control over the outcomes of their struggles?

This is a perplexing time; while people seem to be demanding peace, war seems inevitable. While some nations are calling for disarmament, others are racing to build sophisticated nuclear capabilities, ready to point them at the most unsuspecting country. Truly, without God's hand of control, this world would implode as capabilities for greater destruction become more and more available.

Though we may not be experiencing the circumstances David faced, perhaps we do have an understanding of the bitterness he experienced against the wickedness of those fighting against him. Like David, however, no matter what transpires, it is important that we never forget that nothing is happening apart from what God has already ordained.

Our world will not go on forever; indeed, it seems as though its end is very near! However, the world will not last a day longer or even a day shorter than what God has planned. Even before it was created, God knew the details of its end. As believers, we need not fear. Yes, the world will end, and in its place, God will create a new heaven and a new earth, and oh, what a glorious place that will be.

As believers, we often feel surrounded by those who hate God, and who hate God's people. Yet, God will care for them. Let us pray for their salvation, and trust their ultimate end into the hands of God!

God Bless You,
Linda

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