He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf: “Do not touch My anointed ones, or harm My prophets.” – Psalm 105:14-15
Sometimes God seems to be in “protection-mode” and sometimes He doesn’t. Often, He appears to be blessing, but then again, not-so-much. For example, while the Israelites were a small tribe roaming around in Canaan, God “allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf….” Yet, after they moved on down to Egypt, God allowed them to be enslaved.
How are you feeling these days? Oppressed or blessed?
God is sovereign over ALL our experiences (oppressions or blessings). He is also Lord over all those who bless or oppress. Will oppressors be punished? Yes, in the end (if not before). Will bless-ors be blessed? Yes, ultimately (again, if not before). God loves His anointed ones and prophets. The person or persons who oppress them or seek to harm them are on dangerous ground, but that should not be our primary concern as Christ-followers. Our desire and chief concern must always be to give God glory, whether oppressed or blessed.
The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances. – Viktor E. Frankl
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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