What can man do to me?

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 26; Psalms 117–118; Isaiah 53; Matthew 1

June 21, 2016

I’ve recently shared Psalm 118:6 with a few colleagues after we were discussing our upcoming evaluation at work. It says,

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.What can man do to me? 

I repeated the verse multiple times in the conversation and we shared a laugh as we both prepared.  It helped relax the moment but also recognized its truth. No matter the outcome of my future meeting, I was reminded about God’s plan for us.  Honestly, I share this verse more often now and it serves as a wake up call once I’ve got myself focused on others. Hebrews 13:6 also shares these words and is a shining light in the darkness of trying to always please others.

Growing up I displayed many insecurities through my poverty lifestyle, dysfunctional events, and lack of an earthly father struggle.  My connection with a heavenly father wasn’t present and it showed.  In my mind attempting to think, say, and act the way I thought others wanted was my number one priority. Many people can act this way, it helps people to fit in.  It was truly the opposite of Psalm 118:6-8.  I cared more what others wanted or thought of me and less about God.  I was truly blind. This was and is an emotional trap for people when you are always trying to please others.  The truth is this doesn’t change to often with years, status, or money.  The factor is our relationship with God.

Rick Warren says in the article, ” You Can’t Please Everybody” that “Even God can’t please everyone. Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do.” Proverbs 29:25 connects with this statement by saying; The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.  Personally, I needed a lot of E.G.R. (extra grace required) when I made most of my decisions based on others and my own selfish desires. It’s important to remember these commands presently  in our day of age when we are quick to make decisions based on a desire to  please man.  We need to trust in the Lord for all things. We need to examine our heart.  How’s it looking? Am I currently seeking the favor of men, or of the Lord? 

In Does It Matter What Others Think by John Piper, the litmus test is whether Christ looks great in the way we live? Looking at Philippians 1:19-20  asks ourselves, “Is Christ magnified in our bodies whether by life or by death?”

Each day we must put our trust in something or someone.  Are you willing to put your trust in God to guide you in all your earthly decisions and to our eternal destination? psalms_118-6-1