Enemies at Peace Prov. 16:7 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Prov 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Today’s lesson is about enemies at peace.
The truth is that enemies pursue God’s men to destroy them:
- The Pharisees delivered Jesus to be crucified
- Saul attempted to kill David
- The devil attempted to destroy Job
- The Jews tried to kill Paul
The common connection among these men is that they all pleased the Lord:
- Jesus – Matt 3:17
- David – Acts 13:22
- Job – Job 1:8, 42:7
- Paul – Acts 23:11; 9:15
In the end they came out on top with their enemies at peace – they were the victors.
So what do we draw from this?
You are going to have enemies and you are going to want to fight to protect yourself against them – the best way to do that is to please the Lord – keep doing his will in spite of the attacks – if you turn to fight your attackers you will never be able to do what God wants you to do [thus your enemies win].
How are you going to please the Lord when you are under the watchful eye of enemies who don’t like you?
Rejoice – Matt 5:11-12; 1 Pet 2:19-21
Love them and Pray for them – Matt 5:44-48
Supply their needs (if they have them and you are the one who can meet the needs)
- Ex 23:4-5 – Ox out of the ditch
- Rom 12:20 – food or drink
Leave the vengeance to the Lord – Rom 12:19
Don’t get bitter – Eph 4:31-32 – put away all bitterness – Heb 12:14-15