I know… it is a strange question to ask. The truth is, as long as we are in this broken and fallen world, it does not matter how nice you are to people, there will still be someone who dislikes you and is waiting for your downfall.
David, in the Bible, was a man with many enemies.
The psalms attest to David’s struggles and anger as he ran and hid himself from people who were after his life.
David was called and anointed by God, and it caused many people to hate him.
The truth is, there are many hurting people in the world.
They look at you and your life and see what they “don’t have.”
Whether it is past trauma, hurt, or negative words spoken over them, they have believed the lie that they are a failure and that they do not measure up.
I have been there, and my heart is starting to grow with compassion for those who have a misconception of themselves and their lives.
We are all made in the image of God, and we were born on purpose for a purpose. We each have unique gifts, strengths, and abilities that was meant to be cultivated and shared with the world.
Comparison is the thief of joy.
I say all of this to say: Having enemies suck. The criticism and judgmental/demeaning comments are hurtful-- especially to those who do not deserve it.
The good news is that we do not have to live in hurt and offense.
In Psalm 27, I was reminded that we can put our confidence in Jesus and rely on His strength.
I love Psalm 27 verse 5, it says:
“For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.”
When insults and negative words come,
We can go to our hiding place; Jesus.
Jesus will remind us of the truth and take care of whatever is burdening us.
King David had enemies, but it never stopped him from pursuing and fulfilling the calling on his life. He said, “When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, stumbled and fell” (Psalm 27:2).
God is for us and He is with us.
Scripture encourages us to:
“Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage;
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
You are more than a conqueror. Keep your heart pure, and allow the Lord to fight for you.