The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Have you ever thought that no one “had your back”? Did you ever feel that you were out there, in the world alone; a target on your back for others to take a shot at? I have felt this. Especially when out of nowhere, someone shoots and the arrow runs deep. You didn’t see it coming. You really had no fear but all of a sudden you’re left to pick yourself up, clean off your wounds, and move on. One version of this scripture says, “The Lord will vindicate me…”
Let me tell you, that God has your back. Our Heavenly Father watches over us. He sees what is about to happen. Nothing takes him by surprise. Scripture bears witness to God’s promises of guidance for his people. God’s desire is to keep us on the path that He has ordered. He always has our back. God desires His purposes and plans to be fulfilled. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)
So what should we do when we are attacked, persecuted, or “thrown under the bus”? The Word of God is clear about this. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NKJV) Jesus was warning His disciples that trouble and persecution lay ahead. Believers ought to expect to suffer as an inevitable part of their calling. To believe is not to evade suffering; it is to face it with new confidence and hope. Rightly approached, suffering develops the character of believers, equips them for more effective service, draws believers closer to Jesus Christ and prepares them for eternal life.
Did what happened to me cause me to become more watchful? Yes. Not because that I thought I was alone, but rather more watchful because of the wisdom God imparts in us as we serve Him. I took some mental notes. I learned what to watch for. And I was encouraged by God’s Word when I went to Him seeking to hear what God had to say.
Friend, we will be taken by surprise from time to time. We will be targets for others to attach. We will suffer persecution. How we handle those attacks is what is important. Do we retaliate immediately with a counter-attack? Or do we seek our Protector and Defender and listen to what He has to say. When those times come, and they will, go to the Lord in prayer. Listen to what the Holy Spirit tells you and seek His Word for instruction.
Don’t believe me, believe God!