Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When We Are Threatened

Photo by Luis Angel (Flickr)
Do you sometimes feel like your reputation is being misaligned? Are you suffering from abuse or
bullying?

David spent thirteen years running from King Saul. The king was jealous of David’s popularity and success in his battle against the Philistines (1 Samuel); therefore, King Saul sought to discredit David's character and even tried to kill him several times.

Saul was convinced David was an enemy, though David did nothing to substantiate Saul’s assumption. Indeed, David sought to maintain a heart of integrity, even during this stressful time. His prayer was not only for his safety, but also for guidance on how to respond to Saul's unmerited rampage.

Psalm 27:11 (NIV)
Teach me your way, LORD;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.

Psalm 27:11 (GNT) / For meditation purposes: 
 Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do,
    and lead me along a safe path,
    because I have many enemies.

Being misjudged is never pleasant. And when our safety is being threatened, it is terrifying. When necessary, we must take required steps to secure our safety (report abuse or threats, involve family and friends’ support, etc.).

May I also encourage you to follow David’s example of seeking God’s direction and protection?

What about you?

Are you experiencing unfair or abusive treatment at home, school or work? If so, please tell someone who can help you do whatever is necessary to keep you safe. However, don’t forget to also pray to your heavenly Father. He loves you and will show you what paths to take.

Prayer:
Father, we ask You to protect us from those who are cruel toward us. While we seek Your guidance, help us to keep our eyes on You and to have the courage and wisdom to follow Your direction. 

As always, I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

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8 comments:

  1. Great post and very uplifting. I love how you always strive to turn us towards God in every situation we face. Thank you.

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    1. You are so welcome, Barbara! I appreciate your compliment. I've also been enjoying visiting your "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" page on Facebook! Keep up the good work.

      We are going to be studying Romans 6 again, starting next week. I'm very excited about it. I will be posting the columns I write for The Wakulla News. Please pray for everyone who reads the column -- and for the writer! ;)

      Thanks again, Barbara.

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  2. Where to start! I can only say that this is timely.

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous. God is able (and most willing) to offer us protection and guidance in all situation.

      Please drop by again and let me know how I can pray for you.

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    2. Anonymous, after thinking about your words, "this is timely" I had to come back to say that I truly want to be here for you if you're in need for prayer and support if you're being threatened in anyway.

      I realize I'm probably not close by, but I can pray and offer you tons of love. Okay?

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  3. No matter how tough things might be, seek God's guidance. Bert

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    1. Hi, Hon. Sounds simple enough!! But may I ask (for me and for the rest of us) is it easy for you to do this? As a man, do you sometimes struggle trusting God when you're feeling threatened (or even stressed) in your business or personal life?

      We could use a male's perspective on this.

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  4. Yes indeed. I struggle with yielding to the "Let Go and Let God" belief all the time. From a man's perspective I often feel I can just go ahead and solve the problem at hand, on my own, without first prayerfully consulting God. I think "God catch-up later"1 Before I dive head first into problem solving I want to try remembering to ask myself the question: "What Would Jesus Do?

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