I pray you are walking in God’s unmerited favor like never before and seeing God’s blessings manifest in your life. Today I want to challenge you to trust God to be your defense. Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.” God is saying if you trust Him to defend you He will. The converse of that is if you don’t, He won’t.
Most of the time, when the enemy attacks us through people, our first knee-jerk response is to defend ourselves. We have to give that person a piece of our mind. Or we have to make sure they know they are wrong about us. We have to fire back with something! We can’t let them get away with it, right? If they hurt us, we’ve got to do unto others as they have done unto us! We rationalize in our mind, “God’s not going to do anything anyway. I’ve got to take matters into my own hands.” And if you are going to defend yourself, God will NOT defend you. Again He says all those who put their trust in Him can rejoice and shout for joy. If you wanna defend you, God will sit back and let you do it. God will fight for you, but He’ll only fight with you if He has given you instructions to do so.
You might ask how does God fight for me? How will God defend me? I can’t even see Him! Here are some ways God wields His power on our behalf:
- He allows people to reap what they sow (Galatians 6:7). In Genesis 27 Jacob tricked Esau, but in Genesis 30-31 was tricked himself by Laban.
- The Holy Spirit convicts the person of sin (John 16:7-8). In 2 Samuel 12, David was confronted by Nathan the Prophet.
- He orchestrates and allows difficult circumstances in the life of your antagonist (Isaiah 49:25). In Exodus 7-12, He sent ten plagues upon the Egyptians.
- He exalts you right in front of their eyes (Psalm 23:5). In Esther 6, Mordecai was paraded through the streets by Haman, his enemy, as ordered by the king.
- He makes your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110:1). In Genesis 37 and 39-45, Joseph was in a position of power and his brothers ended up having to come to him for help.
- He divinely gives you words of wisdom that do not tear them down or damage the relationship but makes them think about what they are doing (Proverb 25:15). In I Samuel 24, David relayed to Saul how he refrained from killing him, and the king was convicted of his wrongdoing.
- He allows your enemy to be caught in the trap of their own making (Psalm 57:6). In Daniel 3:22, the soldiers who threw the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace got burned up themselves.
Granted, you may not always see God fight for you, but know that He will if you will trust Him. His Word will not return to Him void. So the next time the enemy shows out and you get the urge to defend yourself, abandon self-sufficiency and let God defend you. Recognize that “hurt people hurt people,” as the old saying goes. Know that who you are in Christ, your worth, value, and status, cannot be altered regardless of what they do or say. Instead of defending yourself, pray for the individual the enemy is working through, ask God for instructions, and purpose in your heart to let God be your defense.
Have you ever had an experience where you saw God fight for you? Please leave a comment below.
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