He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.- 1 Samuel 2:9
Elkanah’s second wife, Hannah, was barren. His other wife had children and would make fun of Hannah yearly at the time of sacrifice because she was barren. One day Hannah prayed that Jehovah would give her a child; he did. She bore Samuel and gave him back to the LORD when he was weaned from his mother. In turn, Eli the high priest prayed that the LORD would give Hannah other children in place of the one she gave to the LORD. She ended up having five more children over time. She then praised Jehovah for his greatness and blessings. In her song she spoke of how the Lord protects his own and punishes the wicked.
Have you had someone just make your day, week, month, or year just seem unbearable because all that person ever did was brag about oneself or the achievements accomplished? The scriptures are very clear in that Jehovah turns away from proud and arrogant people but draws near to and gives grace to the humble. We read of it in the OT and NT, so it’s something that has stood the test of time and is one of the Lord’s unchanging principles. Even the apostle Peter told us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God in order for Him to raise us up in due time. The OT sage wrote that Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. (Prov 16:18)
The Lord will protect his children because he loves them first and foremost but also because they learn to humble themselves and rely upon Him for their provision and protection. The author wrote, If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31) He lavishes his love upon his people to a 1,000 generations:
But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. (Exodus 20:6, Deut 5:10)
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. (Exodus 34:7)
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. (Deut, 7:9)
Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. (1 Chr.
He always stands by his covenant— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. (Ps 105:8)
Would a God who loves his people for a 1,000 generations not protect his own and defend them from their enemies? Think again! Even in the Sinai desert Moses told the people to stand still and see the salvation of the LORD as he parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground but brought the waves down upon the Egyptians in judgment. But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. (Ex. 14:13) I think that’s proof enough, but He even protects Israel to this day.
So, if there is someone in your life that is making life seem difficult and unbearable, to you I say the words of God through the prophet Moses, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.”
Father, thank you for defending me against attacks from not only demons but people who have nothing better to do than cause others grief. LORD, I know your word says not to seek revenge but allow you to pay back the evil doer because vengeance is yours. I don’t want to step in and try to do your job. The judgment of the wicked rests with you, not me. Therefore, I will humbly submit my request to you and praise you for the victory. The request is that there is a certain person who makes life unpleasant for my fellow coworkers and has not remorse about the grief and misery this person causes others to bare. Please forgive this person of the wrong done to others and me, for I forgive this person also. However, in the spirit of King David, have your way with this person Dad. Don’t let this person get away with the injustice poured out upon others. For whatever a person sows, so shall that person reap. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.