“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD (Proverbs 21:30).”
My wife told me of an incident she had on the phone the other day which really raised my ire. She had taken a call from what apparently was a telephone solicitor. My wife told the man she wasn’t interested and hung up.
The phone rang again and my wife picked up. The same man was on the line, and called her a “foreign @#$%&@”.
When she told me this story, it really created anger in me, for many reasons. This man had invaded my home electronically.
I have worked in customer service and I knew that his behavior was beyond the pale. I could only hope that he was being monitored by his bosses at the time.
The incident reaffirmed to me that Satan and his cohorts are alive and well on Planet Earth, as if I needed proof anyway. Sometimes it seems that evil reigns. In addition to the normal trials of life, experiences such as the one my wife experienced make life severely difficult.
The Psalmist must have felt like I did the other day. He went to God and said:
” Help, LORD, for the godly are no more;
the faithful have vanished from among men.
Everyone lies to his neighbor;
their flattering lips speak with deception.
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues;
we own our lips —who is our master?'(Psalm 12:1-3).”
God answered the Psalmist forthwith. He replied,
” ‘Because of the oppression of the weak
and the groaning of the needy,
I will now arise,’ says the LORD.
I will protect them from those who malign them’ (Psalm 12:5).”
This is a comforting truth. God has His people’s back. The realization of this reality caused the Psalmist to say,
” O LORD, you will keep us safe
and protect us from such people forever (Psalm 12:7).”
God watches out for His own. This is what we are if we are believers: we are His.
When Aaron the priest went into the tabernacle, he was to wear a turban with a seal on it. It read,”Holy to the Lord.” He also wore a breastplate with the names of the sons of Israel on it. God has separated us out as belonging to Him, and He knows our names (Exodus 28:29,36).
We’re members of the God gang. This is far better than being a Crip or a Blood. No gang has a Leader like ours.
The wise man of Proverbs writes, “The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin (Proverbs 21:12).” As a member of the God gang, I can only say,”Watch out telephone guy. My God knows where you live.”
He is indeed the Righteous One. I can expect from Him words keeping with His name. Unlike the spoutings of our telephone ‘friend’, God’s words are flawless (Psalm 12:6).
It’s nice to know my gang leader is “all that”. God is the O.G. -“original gangster”. He’s got a track record of success and He is true.
The world is a tough place. As Cat Stevens sang,” Oh baby baby it’s a wild world,it’s hard to get by just upon a smile.”
How’ bout it ‘cuz. Time to quit worrying about the devils out there. His word is bond.