You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.
The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that's what they thought, too!
I grew up as a plump kid when most kids weren't. Looking back, I could have been bullied... but I wasn't. Maybe because I had a temper. Maybe because I had confidence in other areas of my life. Maybe because my parents were courageous, and their courage rubbed off on me.
When my husband left (I was 51)... my confidence took a nose dive, and my courage was shattered in the fall. But in the best exchange of my life, I found Jesus. My commitment was quick. My transformation was not. S-l-o-w-l-y, I understudied the Source of unbreakable courage. Slowly, I rebuilt my life on the Rock.
For lifelong Christians (since I am the opposite), I offer two insights:
1) Many born-in-the-faith Jews... fainted in times of adversity. Their courage wasn't properly tested and tempered. If you haven't been singed in fires of affliction, ask God to strengthen your courage and expect testing. When it happens, decide to stand your ground.
2) What God expects of His people is ...Having done all, to stand' (Ephesians, 6:13, NKJV). In other words, He doesn't want us sitting in the presence of our enemies, and He certainly doesn't want us turn away in fear. The Armor of God doesn't protect our backs.
Bottom line: Unless we're on Satan's team (or hanging out under a steeple), bullies will attack. Our response? Show strength by confidence in God. Bullies will flee... or fall.
## Fear Of: Bullies (Part 9)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.