“Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.” (Psalms 119:157)
Our family rented a house on a sheep farm for several years in Brazil. It was truly a beautiful spot to live. The owner was the owner of a landscaping business and he grew his flowers and trees on the property. We enjoyed beautiful gardens, fruit trees and of course, the sheep.
Each of my children worked with the caretaker of the farm when she would feed or vaccinate the band of anywhere from 40-70 head of sheep at any given time. We all had a favorite and we even gave them pet names. I can remember taking walks down the dirt road each day after school with my children as they ran to argue over what sheep had what name.
There was one ram however, that we all agreed and called Big Boy. He was mean as a snake. None of us liked him and we avoided him at all cost because he would about break your leg when he would run at you and try and butt you with his big fat head.
Sometimes the caretaker would put the sheep in the pasture that included the area we had to drive through to get out the gate at the bottom of the property. And whenever she placed them there, we had to be VERY careful not to let Big Boy through the gate and into the flower gardens OR our vegetable garden. Mark would drive up to the gate and tell one of the boys out to open it and we would all keep an eye out for Big Boy. He was a master at hanging around the area and trying to get past the gate.
None of us enjoyed the week or so the sheep were there in that pasture of grass by the driveway. It was just too terrifying.
I suppose that is the way the enemy wants us to feel each time we attempt to live for the Lord and follow His Word. He hangs around and wants to scare us, terrify us and ultimately stop us from doing what is right.
The Bible admonishes us to walk in the right path though.
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)
And if the Bible teaches us to do something, then we should understand that God won’t make following His Word impossible. He will make a way for us to not only succeed in obedience, but also to obey regardless of the terror of the enemy.
That should comfort each of you reading this. Is the devil making you feel as though he can destroy you? Are you serving the Lord in the fear of the enemy instead of the fear of the Lord? Open your eyes to what God is saying to us through today’s verse! We may have a multitude of persecutors and enemies, but we DO NOT have to decline from following what GOD has set before us in His Word.
Have faith in the work God has called you to do and banish the fear that the devil wants to blind you with at the gate.
Remember Big Boy? He was eventually butchered and sold off for someone’s Christmas/New Year’s family get together. He doesn’t even exist anymore…and along with him our fear of him also disappeared. One of these days, God is going to remove the enemy and dispel all our fears once and for all. Take hope and have some faith in what God is doing and will do for you.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,