How to Respond to Things Meant to Harm Us
My mind and heart are filled with thoughts of family and friends this week that are currently facing the darts of the enemy that are meant to harm them. As I sit here trying to gather those thoughts, asking our sweet Lord to speak to you through me, to help me focus and help me sort through all those thoughts swirling around, I’m suddenly aware of beautiful lyrics echoing in the background. As these words fill the air making their way into my heart, my scattered thoughts begin to form into one lovely organized thought. One focus. Jesus. Oh, how faithful He is. Oh, how perfect He is. Oh, how I’m so blessed to be called His child.
We’ve sang the song "Great are you Lord" by All Sons and Daughters during worship in church…you probably recognize it by some of the following lyrics.
You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You retore
Every heart that is broken…
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise…
- All Sons & Daughters
Life is uncertain. Life is hard. Bad things happen and there is no explanation for it. But you know what? God is good. GOD is good. God IS good. God is GOOD! My friend, whatever you’re facing today you can be 100% confident that this is true. This fact will NEVER change. Yes, life will continue to throw things our way. Things won’t always go the way we’ve imagined them or even expect them to. There will be detours. There will be road blocks. But, God. You can be confident that His timing and purpose are always perfect.
How are we supposed to respond in the face of things meant to harm us?
How are we meant to face these things without crumbling under fear or uncertainty?
Recognize that Jesus has all authority.
Why is it that we forget who's in control here? Of course, natural disasters, death, breakups, job loss, sickness and anything else you can think of to insert here are not pleasant and hard to understand, but God (Ephesians 2).
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. Colossians 1:18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Praise Him anyway.
There is power in praise, my friend. Thanksgiving isn't just for the month of November. Practicing praise is essential, it must become a habit...and it can be. It can be a normal response in the face of those darts meant to harm us.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Confess your trust in Him.
Have you seen the movie "Facing the Giants"? When I think of confessing trust I'm reminded of the scene when the character Brooke Taylor has just been given the news again that she's not pregnant and says, "I will still love you, Lord."
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
Do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:27
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
Pray the Word. Out loud.
God's Word is the single most powerful tool in your armor. In fact, it's the only weapon. Use it! Every. Single. Day. Speak it. Confess it. Memorize it. Learn it. Read it. Consume it. Pray it! You get my point.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 1 Corinthians 14:16
A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer. With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord. Psalm 142:1
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16