Today's Scripture: "The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth." Ps 34:16
5673. Know your adversary in the light or meet them in the dark. JG
If you're like me, then you believe the Bible from cover to cover. If so, then you may have problems with many things God did in the Old Testament. For example, God expected His people to avoid association, especially marriage, with neighbors who worshiped other gods. But He even had genuine hatred for certain people, like the Amalekites. God not only wanted them dead but erased from historical record. Compared with Jesus' command to go out of your way to love your enemies, a casual Christian might find such words contradictory.
This week I spoke to men in rehab about the race we believers are in. They understood when I said no one enters a race not to lose. A race is competition to win, but those who race against us are not enemies, but brothers. Those who seek to do us harm in our race are adversaries but those who run a different race and malign us are simply enemies. Now you know the difference, but do you know your responsibility. We should love our enemies, but looking at our Amalekite example, we are to defeat and bury (metaphorically speaking) our adversaries.
Give us wisdom, Father, to know Your enemy and regard him as You do.
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