In Galatians 6:17, Apostle Paul said “… let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus”.
Above is one of my favourite bible passages, ostensibly written by the Apostle to keep undesirable elements, who wouldn’t allow him to rest, at bay. Indirectly, he told them to back off!
The statement as it were, is still relevant to us to date, as there are many people out there, who are determined to make our lives difficult for no good reason. They include those who frown at, and punish our identification with Jesus Christ; those who churn out dreadful policies to repress our faith, and those who encourage the side-lining, harassment, jailing, beating, stoning, and even killing of Christians. No doubt, we need to act very decisively and wisely to safeguard our lives and faith. And the starting point is to tell them to back off in words and deeds!
But, be warned that they are not likely to listen to us without a good fight. In a situation like this, we must feel free to ask God to deal with them for us, and He will. Remember how He mercilessly dealt with the Egyptians, when Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites from bondage.
So, in what ways can God deal with our tormentors, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, there are many, but we shall consider only the following for now.
1. He can withdraw their peace. Prophet Isaiah confirmed this stance in Isaiah 48:22 as follows: “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked”. And I believe if God should withdraw our tormentors’ peace today, they’ll be forced to leave us alone. They have no choice!
2. He can curse them. King Solomon substantiated this viewpoint in Proverbs 3:33 this way: “…The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked…” (Proverbs 3:33). And whoever God curses is doomed! Please recall that He cursed the Serpent for deceiving Eve (Genesis 3:14-15), and that event signalled the beginning of its travails to date. So, except our tormentors leave us alone, God is open to cursing them, and they’ll suffer intensely afterwards.
3. He can fight and destroy them. God is willing to fight those who harass us. He confirmed this in Isaiah 49:25 thus: “…I will contend with him that contends with you…” (Isaiah 49:25). He is also willing to destroy them, and He verified this position in Psalm 11:6 like this: “Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup”. Personally, I cannot see how anyone, including our tormentors, can survive this type of onslaught. Praise God!
4. He can wipe out their history. Not only is God keen on fighting and destroying our tormentors, He is also keen on wiping out their history altogether. The Psalmist was so sure that this can happen, that he asked God to “Let them (i.e. his tormentors) be like chaff before the wind…” (Psalm 35:5a). And chaff before the wind as we know, is a goner! It will never be seen or remembered again forever!
As you can see, God is not short of effective ways of dealing with trouble makers, including our tormentors. In view of that, we should stop absorbing the needless ill-treatments they hurl at us from now on. We are of God, therefore it is inconceivable that we can lose our battles against them (1 John 4:4).
So friends, let us arise with confidence today, and order our tormentors to back off. If they are sensible (usually they are not), they’ll leave us alone. But, if they don’t, then we should free to ask God to deal with them for us, and He will (Isaiah 41:10), and they’ll have themselves to blame for the colossal calamity that will befall them (Isaiah 41:11-12). A word is sure enough for the wise!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies