If you manage to stay alive for any length of time, you will have been taken advantage of, probably numerous times. Maybe you were cheated out of a father in your home. Maybe a friend conned you into making a loan that was never repaid. Maybe you were set up as a sacrificial lamb in something that went badly at work. Maybe you are unjustly excluded and estranged from family members.
King David, when he was just the future king, posed no threat to the current king, Saul. He never lifted a hand against him, never aroused a rebellion against him. But Saul was so insecure and paranoid that he led repeated violent assaults against the young man. David keenly felt the injustice: “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal” (Psalm 69:4).
Does it come as any surprise that our Savior Jesus’ path also led through unjust hatred? David’s words were prophetic for him, even quoted in John’s gospel in the upper room on Maundy Thursday evening. They are prophetic for us as well. All who follow Christ can expect to experience the same injustices and hostility he did.
Fear not. There is nothing taken from you in this life that God cannot and will not restore to you a hundred times over in the next.
Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.
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