Divine Intervention Please!
For those who serve the Lord, there will be that unfortunate moment when you realize that you have made an enemy. It can happen at any time, for many different reasons, and often from among those whom you least expect. They will speak against you or commit to resist you in ways that provide opportunity for your damage. Or perhaps they have made it their aim to wound you in some way that will bring them personal satisfaction. Their motivation is not so much to win; they actually want to see you lose. It’s never a pleasant feeling knowing that someone is hoping to bring you down.
You have likely experienced some form of mistreatment that has caused you heartbreak, anger, or the burning desire for revenge. We hate to confess it, especially as followers of the One who has commanded us to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies, but there are times in our lives when we think about how to destroy our enemy before he or she can destroy us. I propose that there is a profitable alternative available when we are being targeted by one seeking our downfall.
When the great wall builder Nehemiah was being harassed by Sanballat and Tobiah, he brought his frustrations to the Lord and asked Him to help: “Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head.” Sanballat and Tobiah were relentless in their verbal attacks against Nehemiah and, unbeknownst to him, they were secretly working behind the scenes to raise an army to attack the city. But God heard Nehemiah’s prayer and exposed their evil plan:
“And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work” — Nehemiah 4:15.
God frustrated the enemy. Will you receive this? Can you fully surrender to your Father and ask Him to handle the one who opposes you? Has it occurred to you that it is much more beneficial for you to draw near unto God and receive the promise that He will simultaneously draw near to you? You see, if your enemy is running away from God and treating you in an unloving way and you begin to chase after your enemy, the inevitable result will be that you both are choosing a direction that leads away from the presence of God. You are not to seek the destruction of your enemy; you are to cry out for the intervention of your Father. God knows exactly how to frustrate the plans of your enemy so that you can continue on the path that He has called you to walk.
I have learned the hard way that it is impossible to experience the joy and peace of God while, at the same time, lending my mind to the process of soundly defeating my opponent in a way that exonerates me and removes all doubt concerning who was the better person. God has never blessed my angry replies. He’s not yet applauded my verbal daggers which I seek to plunge with precision and skill. Never once has His mighty hand of blessing rested upon me while I lay awake at night turning over in my mind all the wrongs my enemy has heaped upon me. When I give myself over to the foolishness of considering how to even the score, my faith shrinks and I find myself losing my sense of God’s faithful commitment to protect me. Every time I become impatient with waiting on God to settle things on my behalf, I forget these incredible verses: “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you” and “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
In the end, you and I have to decide whether or not our caring, committed, and capable Heavenly Father is better suited at handling our opponent than we are. When we rightly conclude that He is, we can return our heart’s focus to the work He has called us to do and leave the fighting to Him.