God: Defender of the Righteous, Enemy of the Wicked

“My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood. He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate. I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭7:10-17‬ ‭NASB‬‬ (New American Standard Bible)

     It is not easy to do what is right in the world that we live in.  Everywhere one looks and there is a call to indulge in something that would not benefit you in the long run.  Examples I can think of are buying cars you can’t afford (but they sure make you look good), the drinking of alcohol will make you look desirable (which is far from the truth) and credit cards will help you get the things that you want (but will cause grief in paying back what you owe on the card).  With so many temptations out there to do wrong, who can protect those who strive to walk in righteousness?

    In the Bible, the answer is clear.  The Lord God is the defender of those who strive to walk the straight path.  What gives the Lord the ability to defend the righteous?  Righteousness is in God’s very nature and it is based on His standard for rightness that He judges humanity.  To those who repent from their wrongdoing, God will show grace unto them and protect them from the evil of the world.  He does not want those who came to Him to go back into evil, so He will do everything to keep them from it.

    What is the fate for those who do not turn away from the evil and embrace the world.  Such people have made themselves enemies of the Lord and will be judged accordingly.  What a frightening thought, to be the enemy of an angry God.  The Lord sharpens His weapons for combat against those who oppose Him.  The traps that the wicked planned to use against the righteous, the Lord will turn them against them and they will fall by there own wickedness.

      Yet the Lord doesn’t wish that any man continue in their sin.  He lets things happen to the wicked and righteous in order to test thier hearts.  To the righteous, to test how strong their Faith is in Him.  To the wicked, to show the consequences of their deeds in order to convince them it is not worth it to remain in sin and to repent.  Only when they come to their  senses and see that sin is dangerous to their health will they repent.

    So the question is which person will you be?  Will you be the one to turn away from sin and walk in righteousness with God as your defender against evil?  On the other hand, will you continue to remain in sin and be the Lord’s enemy?  Count the cost in regards to making your choice.  Which one is more beneficial for your health both physically and spiritually.


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