Realizing that God is still totally in control of all situations, even when others are rising up against you is a difficult thing, indeed. Our flesh rises up and our human (sinful) nature wants to take over! We want to defend ourselves. We want to fight back. Or, we are so overwhelmed, we break down and weep. Some get angry and scream, or throw things. We all react differently to the negative things that others throw our way.
King David experienced it as well. His own son was rising up against him, and he and his men fled for their very lives. It that wasn’t enough, along the way, others rose up against David and cursed him! What was his reaction?
“David then said to Abishai and all his officials, ‘My son, who is my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.'” 2 Samuel 16:11-12
David simply trusted in the Sovereignty of God, knowing that He had allowed the situation to take place, so he told his men to basically ignore it. That God would somehow work it out. That is an incredibly hard place to be. We tend to want to fight the situation with everything we have within us instead of submitting to God’s plan!
Father, I confess, that my flesh is weak. That I want to defend myself, and that I can hardly stop the tears at times. Forgive my foolishness. I DO know that You are in control. Thank You for showing me this verse today*, to remind me that You see all, and You know all, and what You allow in my life, You have done so for a purpose. Help me to simply trust You more this day, and to continue to serve You and You alone, wholeheartedly, treating others with the same love and compassion that You have shown me, regardless of how they may act towards me or what they may say. Only by Your Spirit, Lord, may this be accomplished, but I surrender my will to Yours, this day, and thank You for being my strength and my peace, amen.
(Found this in my archives – filing cabinet – and thought I should share it once again. It was originally written *Tuesday, October 31, 2000.)
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