Psalms 86:17 – Give me a sign of Your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.In exasperation, a child of God under attack from the enemy might cry out for God to send some signs of His favor. Often when we are confronted with things that are not positive in life, our enemies are the first to clamor that even our God has forsaken us. David’s enemies thought so and that was why they felt it right to keep on pursuing and pestering him. The enemies of Daniel were looking for reasons to attack him and endanger his life. Apparently there was no sign of God’s interference to block him from being thrown into the lion’s den. The enemy started celebrating the end of Daniel’s life, but little did they realize that God was at work behind the scene to spare the life of His beloved servant. While the Hebrew youth were in the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar, those who waited for them to be burned were able to see the wonderful sign of the presence of the Lord with them in the furnace. To the utter surprise of everyone including Jonah, the Lord had a plan to rescue him through a fish. Yes, sometimes a sign appears to reassure us, but whether there is sign or not, our Lord is working behind the scene to rescue His children. It is interesting to see that David was not praying for a sign for him to grow in confidence, but for the enemies of God and His people. The sign was to put the enemy to shame. David also acknowledges that He has experienced God as his help and comfort all his life. Every child of God is able to join David to affirm their confidence in the Lord who has always stood with them and never put them to shame. Today His acts of comfort and help are our strength to keep going even when the enemy awaits our doom.
Dear reader, are you seeking the overt support of the Lord in your affairs through a sign for the sake of your enemies? Perhaps the signs are slow to come by and you wonder why things are not moving fast in your affairs. But you know for sure that your Lord will not forsake you and that His arm is never too short to help. At the right time, His help will come and you will enjoy His deliverance. All who wait for your doom will be put to shame when the Lord reveals His mighty acts and demonstrates His mighty power. Our Lord prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He makes our cup overflow with His goodness. His favor is always with His children and all His resources are for them to enjoy. He has helped you in the past whenever you were in tight corners. In your distresses, He came to comfort and encourage you to keep going. Today He is with you to take you forward in spite of the attacks of the enemy from all corners. His help will come at the right time to deliver you from all difficulties. He sent help to deliver Joseph from the dungeon where he was under bondage for righteousness sake. When the Lord’s signs appear, all your enemies will be in for a shock as in the case of Joseph. Today you are victorious and are declared more than a conqueror. But it is not your victory, but the victory of your Lord which He granted to you because of His love and compassion.Isaiah 55:13 – Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.
Thought for Today
Signs or no signs, our Lord works to deliver us from the attacks of the enemy for His name’ sake.