How do you respond when someone speaks ill of you or would even go as far as to wish harm on you? When I face situations like that, I am often quite upset and, in my own (fallen) tendencies, may want to respond in a similar way to how I am being treated. Today we are presented with an alternate way of responding to the cursing of another. King David was cursed (to his face) by a supporter of Saul. He was accused, mocked, and condemned. David had every reason to want to return harm to this man but he did not. Rather, David understood that his identity, his calling, and his affirmation all came from God so the words of the curse did not hold any power over him. David said to those with him: "It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” He knew that ultimately God was in control and his response to the curse came from trusting God’s intention rather than giving into his accuser.
Ask the Father to remind you of your identity and calling today. Let that be what you hold on to when you feel under attack.
- Pray for our Lead Team Pastor, Terry Okken as he prepares to return from his sabbatical.
- Pray for our Children’s Ministry Assistant, Kyla Mould.
- Pray for Erin Gibbard, Youth Ministry Assistant.
- Pray for all our small group leaders.
- Pray for the ministry of International Student Ministries.