March 20 - Life’s Hurts
The real world is a world full of hurts. As all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, the world is filled with sinners. All sinners know how to do is to sin. Sin separates us from God and one another. When there is sin, there is curse from God and others are also hurt in the process. Because of sinful behaviors, there is no fairness in the world and people treat one another badly. That is the real world, tainted by the power of sin.
The psalmist isolated four kinds of people that had wounded him. The first kind was his enemies who spoke to him in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?” Our enemies are our adversaries, their only goal is to destroy us. They usually utter words of curses with bad intentions, aiming at our demise and misfortune.
The second kind of people is the hypocrites, they pretend to be our friends but with evil intent. Here, the person mentioned was the one who spoke with empty words while his heart gathered iniquity. When he went out, he told it to everyone. Some of our friends can betray us, intentionally or carelessly.
The third kind of people is our haters, they hate us and they group together and gossip against us. They would whisper together about us and imagine the worst for us. What they do is not only throwing out words of curses but they do it as a group. There is power when a group of people agrees with each other, multiplying the effects of the curses. They would say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.”
The last kind of people is the ones that are closest to us, those close friends in whom we trust, who ate your bread but lifted his heel against you. Those who are closest to us can hurt us the most. We expect them to be loyal to us but they come against us despite of all the good things you have done to them. Like Judas betraying his Master, some of those in our inner circle may hurt us so deeply.
In a moment of anger, we might fall into sin by hating our enemies and seeking our revenge. It is easy to be incited to get even with them. After all, it is all because of their first move to hurt us. The psalmist realized this and asked the Lord to heal him and forgive his sin. When we are wounded by others, whether by friends or by enemies, we can only go to God for healing. He understands and His power is there to make us whole despite of repeated injuries.
Are you experiencing hurts from friends or enemies? Have you ever been betrayed? Are those closest to you hurting you deeply? Go to the Healer now.
Ps 41:4-9 Num 30:1-31:54 Luke 4:1-30 Prov 11:20-21