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The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 25

Read Proverbs 25

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:21-22

Jesus stressed the principle of this proverb (Matthew 5:43-44) and Paul quoted it directly (Romans 12:20). Out of all of the things God asks of us, this is the one thing I struggle with most. I could make a list (maybe even a book) of reasons why my enemy doesn’t deserve my love.

But He doesn’t need that list or any of my excuses for that matter.  It takes sacrifice, swallowing my pride, letting go… Am I willing? Am I willing to trust His Word over my emotions? Am I willing for Him to change my heart no matter how hard I pray for Him to change them?

He was willing to love me, knowing I didn’t deserve it. He sacrificed, forfeited pride, let go. He trusted His Father knowing He would never be the same, and those people might not change.

Yes, Lord use me. Change me. I am willing.

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 109

Let’s cry out to God for help in the reading of Psalm 109. (Click on the link to read God’s Word.)

At first glance I’m a little taken aback by the words of the psalmist. The requests he makes to God regarding his accuser seem over the top. Prayer counted as sin. A short life. Children left fatherless. I found myself wondering if this is an appropriate response to accusation.

Then I remembered…

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Revelation 12:10

We have an enemy, an accuser. One who will go to great lengths to accuse us, slander our names, even try to convince us there is no hope. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. There is a war we cannot see with our human eyes, but it is war just the same. We must stand strong, fully clothed in the armor of God, and pray like the psalmist.

Don’t misunderstand, this is not a prayer against our brothers and sisters, this is our prayer against the enemy. The one who accuses us day and night before God.

Where do we turn when we recognize our weakness? To whom do we run?

Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
 Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it!
 Let them curse, but you will bless!
They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
 May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

Psalm 109:26-29

Our help comes from the Lord. He made the heavens and the earth and He will surely take care of our accusers. There will come a day when the enemy of our souls will be no more. And until then, we stand. Asking the Father for His help. Trusting Him in the battle.

Father God, remind each day, my battle is not against flesh and blood but against an unseen enemy. Bless me with the faith to stand firm and to trust You in the battle.