As I was doing my daily devotions this morning and came across a verse that I am having trouble wrapping my mind around. At first glance, it did not seem that the verse represented reality, but when I had a few minutes to reflect on stories that I have read in scripture perspective became more clear.
“No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble” (Proverbs 12:21)
When marriages are wrecked or in peril, often the person who maintains integrity is the one who suffers the most heartache and damage. The abuser, the adulterer, the one who abandons, or the one who is the primary perpetrator seems to move on without much damage.
When believers stand for biblical truth, opposition and damage seem to swarm them. Churches that are true to scripture rather than compromising with culture find themselve demeaned and abandoned because people want to hear only what makes them feel good.
When we attempt to help those in need, we are often lied to and misled by those seeking help. Once the help is rendered these people move on as if it were nothing that needed to be appreciated. To boil it down to a sentence, reality seems to demonstrate that no good deed goes unpunished.
Perspective came when I prayed about personal situations I have encountered and as I thought about all the Apostle Paul endured as he attempted to be true to the calling God placed on his life. He was defamed, beaten, run off, stoned nearly to death, and imprisoned for sharing the gospel and for being the man God called him to be.
He warns us in Ephesians 6 to put on the whole armor of God so that we might stand, stand firm and remain standing in the midst of the fiery trial and fiery darts that we face as believers in the One True God. Attacks are a daily occurence for anyone who stands for God’d truth and who is living out loud for God.
No permanent harm can come to we who believe and live out our biblical faith. We may be threatened, abandoned, discounted, and even physically damaged, but ultimately if we endure to the end, there is hope of the fulfillment of God’s promises. There is no harm in the eternal presence of God. Conversely, all who slander, abuse, and do other wicked, evil acts will one day be judged and sentenced by God.
Satan does not tolerate any activity that points people to Christ, We must beware of his tactics, tricks, and traps as he sneaks around looking to devour us. He will attack every time we seek to be helpful for the sake of the kingdom. He will also use people to cause the harm, but ultimately we can be more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us.