Devotional—The Struggle of Sanctification—God Protects the Righteous
Deliver me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts. Psalm 119:134
Have you ever been falsely accused? It is a terrible feeling to know that you are innocent but feel hurt and helpless.
In the late 90s, I was working on a job in New York City commuting Monday-Friday from New Jersey. My day started at 6 am and I returned home between 6 and 7 pm. The job had excellent benefits. I decided to have a dental consult at the UMDNJ School of Dentistry. The determination was made and I was accepted as a patient. With the work being performed by senior students [under the observation of their Clinical Doctor] a procedure that took one visit to a regular Dentist would require two visits.
With adequate accrued PTO [Paid Time Off], I submitted the request and received approval. All was well until the Administrator received notice that Human Resources made a mistake in calculating my time off. Once recalculated, I exceeded my accrued hours. The following day, I received disciplinary action from the Administrator for a probationary period of six months. Yet, God would intervene. I filed a harassment grievance that included prior incidents. God had a ram in the bush—the Deputy Director was aware of my unfair treatment. He met with the Executive Director and verified the harassment was truthful. And when the investigation was complete, praise God, I won my case!
Throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, we are shown despite humanity’s immediate reaction of fear, when we approach God in prayer, we can have the confidence that He always brings victory!
“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.” Exodus 14:10
When the Israelites faced the Red Sea, they feared the Egyptians because of their faithlessness. Fear led to anger and they blamed Moses for their predicament. “Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” (Exodus 14:11). They were unaware that the Great God who freed them from captivity already had a victorious plan.
God’s answer: “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:14).
Our enemies may appear to triumph. They may speak deceitful lies against us. But remember God is aware of our spiritual warfare. Never forget, our God is a Warrior who always wins!
Pray with conviction and faith, believing that God will resolve every situation that Satan attempts to use to destroy your character. Praise God in advance for His Divine Intervention. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Remain silent when confronted. Pray a silent prayer and turn and walk away. Never forget that God, the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Guardian angels are present in every battle we face.
Prayer: God, we thank You for being our Heavenly Father. Please help us to overcome the giants of warfare. We pray for peace despite our circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.