Echoes From the Campfire

There was no use meeting trouble half-way, because if it wanted you, it found you anyway, whether you ran from it, sat waiting for it, or went out to meet it.”
              –Luke Short  (Vengeance Valley)

    “The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.”
              –Proverbs 12:13 (NKJV)
Do you ever get weary from the constant attack?  It may be on your physical body, or your emotional state.  The attack may be on your mind.  However, all these combine with an attack on your spiritual welfare.  Satan will use many tools, weapons, and tactics to attack you.  Do not be frustrated; remember that there is a God in heaven, your Father, who is looking out for you.
    David was facing a severe attack from enemies.  They were after him in myriad ways.  They were looking at him, waiting for him to make a move, and no matter what he did they twisted what he said.  Psalm 56 shows his plight and turmoil.

         1 – Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; Fighting all day he oppresses me.
         2 – My enemies would hound me all day, For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
         3 – Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
         4 – In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.  What can flesh do to me?
         5 – All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.
         6 – They gather together, They hide, they mark my steps, When they lie in wait for my life.
         7 – Shall they escape by iniquity?  In anger cast down the peoples, O God!  (NKJV)

Charles H. Spurgeon said, “It is possible for fear and faith to occupy the mind at the same moment (verse 3).  To be reliant upon God when occasions for alarm are abundant–is the conquering faith of God’s elect.”  Sometimes Psalm 56 is called “The Blunderer’s Prayer.”  David found himself in a situation that he did not rightly recognize.  Perhaps you have blundered into such a situation–found yourself in the wrong part of town at the wrong part of the night.  Have you ever made a stupid mistake?  If you happen to find yourself in such a situation remember God is there with you.
    Trust God!  Did you read that right?  Did you hear it?  Did you get it down into your soul?  TRUST GOD!  Life may be unpleasant and painful and our enemies can make it even more so, but God is there.  Nothing can happen to you without His knowledge or allowance.  He will let them go only so far.  We may hurt physically, we may be down emotionally, our mind may be burdened, but in our spirit we have that confidence that God is there.

         “When I’m afraid, I’ll trust in thee;
          In God I’ll praise His Word,
          I will not fear what flesh can do,
          My trust is in the Lord.”
                 –Old Scottish Psalter