This morning during my daily Bible reading I came across the following verse:
“But, if you have come to betray me to my enemies, may the God of our fathers see it and judge you.” 1 Chronicles 12:17b
In this passage David has become king and many people are coming to his side. In this passage specifically some men from one of David’s enemies have defected and want to join his army. David doesn’t worry about their loyalties. He doesn’t make any threats. He doesn’t set up any system to ensure his safety with these men around. He simply tells them that if they are not loyal that God will deal with them.
As Christians we will have problems. I know this to be true because Jesus said so. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. James goes so far as to say, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2) When this happens we should follow the example set by David. Just let God deal with them.
Ok, so we are not forming an army. We are not kings. We don’t have warriors defecting from our enemies army to join ours. But, we do have people that doubt us. People will speak out against us. People may even plot behind our backs to try to take us down or to destroy something that we have built. When these things happen we have two choices to make:
Get mad and confront them in an unwholesome way.
Let God deal with them.
I know that it is not easy, but I really think that if we just let God deal with them than it will actually work out much better for us.
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