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Claim This!

Claim This! – Under your feet (Psalms 110:1)

Today’s Reading: Psalms 108-118

Today’s Reflection: Psalms 110:1

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Today a short reflection on a simple text: God will put your enemy beneath your feet.

As you go through life you encounter people who present obstacles and challenges to you.  Some of them are ignorant of the harm they cause, some know and are too selfish to care, and others gain a sick, sadistic pleasure out of tormenting others.  While you are under no obligation to subject yourself to the abuse of others, you may be tempted to take things further and treat your enemies as they have treated you, but this is not wise.

Proverbs 3:31 – Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.

If you try to take vengeance yourself you risk becoming the very thing you were fighting against.  But if you sit at God’s right hand, obediently listening to His instruction, you will be taught how to treat those you see as your enemies.

Romans 12:19-21 – 19) Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20) To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

But there’s another reason: the truth is that person who is hurting you is not your real enemy.  They are nothing more than another lost soul God is trying to save.

Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

If it has flesh and blood, it isn’t your enemy.  The true enemy behind every stumbling block you face is one only God can handle.  And handle him God will.  And place him beneath your feet.

Genesis 3:14-15 – 14) The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  15) I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

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