“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)
As I lay in the hospital, alone, feeling crummy, unable to sleep, old familiar voices came a hunting. Like a pack of coyotes, skulking about, they were following the scent of fear which they had always evoked; “you are a rebellious loner, you do not belong; you are in deep left field; you are not loved and, you won’t be around much longer.” Lies, all lies, but not incapable of eliciting their desired response – fear.
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)
While I had not really thought about it in the moment, I responded to these fear-sniffing predators by condemning their judgements. For the record, I did not push the ejecto-button on my hospital bed (I’m sure it had one), pop out, marching around making military declarations. It was my heritage, as a servant of the Lord, to simply acknowledge reality in my heart, where Christ lives. While I was physically meek as a kitten I still had enough spiritual muster to say, “no” to these voices.
My advanced military response looked more like rolling out of bed and creaking over to my laptop, so I could type reality out as I knew it to be, in my spirit. I often execute this maneuver within the simplicity of my heart but Wednesday night was a little higher level of warfare. My Thursday MwM post was a counterpunch to the accusations and lies that were stalking me. I wasn’t going to pull any punches. Condemnation is horrible place. I have tasted freedom. I cannot go back.
There is intentionality in relationship and in warfare. My hills felt shaken and my mountain seemed like they might be removed so, in the heat of the battle, I redoubled my focus on this week’s theme, “Loved By God” and dove into Zephaniah 3:14-20. Reality (represented in scripture) says God’s lovingkindness will not be removed from me. His covenant of peace will not be shaken!
Father, thank you that even if I were unconscious and incapable of exercising my will, you would have been present, interceding for me. May we acquire Thy Lovingkindensss as a fixed reference point on our spiritual compasses. Vindicate us oh Lord. Amen.