Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Suffering (Part 16)
Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me,
'There is no help for him in God.'
Psalm 3:1-2 (NKJV)
For false witnesses have risen against me...
Psalm 27:12 (NKJV)
All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt.
'An evil disease,' they say, 'clings to him.
And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.'
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.
Psalm 41:9 (NKJV)
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.
Psalm 55:12-14 (NKJV)
David's life was colored by betrayal. He was betrayed by king, family, friends and the nation God ordered him to lead. He was mocked, scorned, hunted and tormented by the loss of support from those he loved.
Once, David himself was the betrayer, when he took a faithful man's wife and life. But David never betrayed His first Love: the Lord Who gifted and commissioned him. Instead, he repented from his own sin and forgave everyone who betrayed him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you've committed to serve the Lord, if the end-time's lawless days are here, then Jesus spoke of your betrayals. But He also promised protection and told you how to weather the storms.
'But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My Name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives' (Luke 21:16-19).
Even more, we're told to count it joy, 'If indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him' (Romans 8:17).
So endure, forgive and press forward. Easy to say. Much harder to do. Nevertheless, grab a hand and move. Because God gave us not just Himself, but a redefined family, too.
'Who is My mother and who are My brothers?' And stretching out His Hand toward His disciples, He said, 'Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father Who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother' (Matthew 12:48-50).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.