Yesterday at the fitness center, I chatted with the young woman at the check-in desk. She had that “bored to death” look, as Sundays are quiet days. I asked her how she spent her time while not busy. “I watch Netflix a lot. I gave up Facebook. Everything is political and negative. I couldn’t take it anymore.”
I understand her. Someone invents something helpful and fun, and negativity tries to destroy it. I use the “unfollow” option on Facebook often. I refuse to tolerate ugly language, slander, gossip, and any other kind of cyber abuse. Occasionally, I’ll read comments on a political post and wonder why people react to comments as if they were personally being assaulted.
In 1 Samuel 18, I was impressed with how David reacted to the assaults of King Saul. Saul’s son, Jonathon, and David had become best friends. Saul embraced him and even put him in charge of military operations. When he became successful, Saul felt threatened and hated David. On two occasions he hurled his spear at him, but David escaped and didn’t let Saul’s bad behavior affect him: “David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. (vs. 14, NKJV)
We can learn from David that we need to act as if the Lord is behind all our actions and not just react.
Lord, thank you for following us into all our battles. Amen.