dig pits to trap me,
contrary to your law.
All your commands
for I am being persecuted
Psalm 119:85 - 86 NIV
had I considered myself one to have enemies. I mean I'm not a terribly controversial figure who stirs up trouble or seeks out conflict. So why should I fear falling into the pit of an adversary?
But then I realized...
this is not a human foe. This is that whispering liar who'd love for us to think he doesn't exist. The one who specializes in pride. The one who began as a most beautiful angel but got tossed out of heaven for wanting to be a god himself. So what does one do after losing the security of home in the beauty and perfection of heaven?
He get's back at God...
by messiing and meddling with His creation... that's you and me. He sets traps, digs pits, tangles words and circumstances to trip us up. And so begins the daily battle.
If He can't have your soul...
because you trusted it to Jesus, then he'll settle for stealing your joy. The Psalmist tells us that he persecutes us without cause. No, you may never have done anything to deserve this rough treatment from the devil, but that doesn't matter. He's an equal opportunity discourager... taunting anyone who pursues God and seeks to glorify Him.
So why do we try?
Because God wins in the end. God is bigger and greater than this enemy who seeks to defeat us. And God has given us His word to guide us and help us overcome the arrogant. The Psalmist tells us that God's word is eternal, boundless, delightful, sweet, valuable, treasured, wonderful and right.
The unfolding of Your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:130 NIV
What will you gather from it today?
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