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Day by Day Devotional - Year 4 of 5
Devotional: January 25th
The believer does not only experience the barrenness of a world which cannot quench his soul’s thirst (Psalms 63:1), but he also feels the hostility of the men of the world. They sharpen their tongues against him like a sword (cf. Psalms 55:21; Psalms 57:4). Faithfulness has always roused the hatred of unbelievers. We should not be astonished at this, but take care that our conduct does not give any basis to justify their accusations. Against that sword, and those sharp arrows, let us put on the breastplate of righteousness (that is to say, conduct beyond reproach; Ephesians 6:14; 1 Peter 2:12), and let us meet all the manifestations of evil with "the meekness of wisdom" (James 3:13). Then God will take up our cause (Romans 12:17-19).
" Who shall see them?" the enemies of the just had said (v. 5; see also Psalms 10:11; Psalms 59:7). Oh, but God sees it! His searching gaze sees the malevolence and deceit in the depths of the heart (v. 6). And in answer to the arrow (these "bitter words") suddenly unleashed and directed against the perfect man (v. 4), He prepares His own arrow which will deliver His redeemed just as suddenly when the right moment comes (v. 7).
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