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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

October 13

Don’t Give Up – Psalm 140:1–3

How do you feel when surrounded by evil?

Evil influences are everywhere you turn. God’s truths are mocked and rejected. Many of God’s people are discouraged and ready to give up in defeat. This could be called the “Elijah syndrome.” Elijah at one time in his life thought he was the only person alive who was trying to serve God. This was not true, but it is how he felt.

You may sometimes have similar feelings. When you have these feelings, do as David did and cry out to God for help. “Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man” (v. 1). God has chosen to leave you in the world—in spite of the evil all around you.

You may not even realize how bad the world all around you is. David described it by writing, they “imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war” (v. 2). Remember that Satan is the one who is behind all evil in the world, and he is the enemy of God. Therefore, it is only natural that he is the enemy of every person who believes in the Lord.

The things that people say can be more discouraging and hurtful that the things they actually do. “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips” (v. 3). God places limits upon what the enemy can do to His people, but there does not seem to be any evidence that God limits what others can say about His people.

There is actually a real benefit from evil things being said about you. This puts you in a position to decide whether you believe what God has said or not. Evil words hurt, but they can also strengthen your faith.

The enemies of the Lord said every imaginable kind of evil about Him. Remember how He responded. Even as He was hanging on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Regardless of what may happen to discourage you, keep trusting the Lord and looking for His coming.