We hear a lot about bullying in the schools today, but in fact it is an age-old problem. Who has not experienced it sometime in their formative years? My worst time was transitioning between a small Christian school to a public junior high of two thousand students. This was done wearing braces with a headgear attached, a real recipe for bullying opportunities!
Our verse for today describes a bullying problem where taunts are made. So often bullying takes the form of verbal abuse, something that unfortunately continues into adulthood. Sarcastic and demeaning words can cause real damage. Spreading rumors can destroy one’s personal and professional life. The consensus is that little can be done about an adult bully, except to ignore him and document the abuse in case legal action is taken. But, our verse gives us a sure way to handle verbal abuse.
Being reassured of the Lord’s faithful love is the best way to let verbal abuse roll off one’s back. Trusting in the promise of His salvation allows us to endure patiently this kind of attack. We can even answer the bully with confidence because we trust in God’s Word. We can stand firm, being buckled with the belt of Truth (Eph. 6:14).
I love this image of a large dog protecting a vulnerable cat! My God is so powerful! If God is for me, who can be against me? (Rom. 8:31) His love will not let me down regardless of what hurtful things others may say! I am His and He is my Protector.
Lord, keep me trusting in Your love and Your promises today.