We say again, and we will keep in mind, that it is not easy for any of us to properly assess our victimhood. For some, the mention of the word is the end of the conversation, because they aren’t buying, and that’s a good thing, unless we fail to realize what the devil is selling to those you love, and sometimes to us if we’re not really careful. For others, there are devils in every door post. Which is it to be? Which is the proper mindset? Are our Dear and Desperate Little Friends under siege, afflicted, oppressed … or merely the makers of bad choices?
I don’t think there is one proper mindset until we recognize that, just as the Scripture tells us, “… we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” So then, there is a battle. We take part.
- We wrestle
- Not against flesh and blood
- We wrestle against principalities
- We wrestle against powers
- We wrestle against the rulers of darkness of this world
- We wrestle against spiritual wickedness
- We must wrestle in high places.
A false step, a bad decision, a string of them, can happen and can lead to ruin, but some are perverted and destroyed before they are old enough to side-step the danger. Abandonment, cruelty, isolation, deeply wounding criticism or reviling, these can damage a child before he’s ten years old, and he can embrace wickedness though fear, resentment, loneliness, rejection, false guilt, unforgiveness, and much more.
Whose fault? It makes no difference whose fault if we can help through our deep caring and our fervent prayers. Then counseling and help can come. Perhaps we can speak words of wisdom, words powerful to heal, perhaps someone else will speak. O Lord, send Your Word and heal them and deliver them from their destructions! We pray for children and parents, governments and peoples, husbands and wives; we pray against their enemies and their effect.
Even if we ourselves were the perpetrators, there’s no time to wallow in the mire. With a nod to the Doors, let our love become a funeral pyre for the carcasses of our failures. We’re not failing now! We are praying and we are trusting and we are filled with hope. We are supposed to be.
In the Psalms, David’s enemies are flesh and blood, but his fight, like ours, is for a kingdom and for the glory of God. It is, like ours, ordained of God. It is, like ours, a real life-and-death battle that must be won. His fight, like the Israelites’ passage through the wilderness, is a twice-told tale; he conquered those who fought against the God of Israel, and he won for our instruction.
We fight. You in your place, me in mine. Quietly, unobserved, but watching and waiting and above all, hoping. How MANY do you know today who are under siege, locked away, even tormented?
Why does the wicked man revile God?
WHY DO WICKED SPIRITS SEEM TO GET AWAY WITH TORMENTING SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR TIME?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
THERE ARE PLENTY OF WICKED PEOPLE OUT THERE, AND PLENTY OF US HAVE DONE OR SAID WICKED THINGS AT TIMES, BUT WE PRAY AGAINST THOSE THAT INCITE WICKEDNESS, EMISSARIES OF DARKNESS THAT PREY UPON WEAKNESS AND WOUNDEDNESS. CALL THEM TO ACCOUNT, FATHER! SAVE THE VERY ONES THEY HAVE TROUBLED!
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
WE SO DO NOT WANT TO THINK OF OURSELVES AS “VICTIMS,” WE DO SO WANT TO RISE ABOVE OPPRESSIONS, BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TRIED AND FAILED, FOR ____________ and __________ WHO THINK ALL THEIR WRONG AND ALL THEIR FAILURE WAS SELF-INDUCED OR ALL THE FAULT OF OTHERS, FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT SEE THE TREACHEROUS ONES THAT WERE LYING IN WAIT AND SHOOTING AT THEM FROM THEIR HIDING PLACES, FOR THEM WE PRAY.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
YES, LORD! THOSE WHO MOST NEED TO BE SET FREE FROM BONDAGE ARE OFTEN THOSE WHO OFFER NO RESISTANCE TO THEIR CAPTORS. THEY NEARLY CANNOT WHEN THEY FEEL THEY ARE MERELY WICKED THEMSELVES, OR THAT THE WICKEDNESS OF OTHERS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOUR LOVE. MAKE IT RIGHT, LORD. IN YOUR LIGHT, LET THEM SEE LIGHT AND REPENT AND BE MADE CLEAN IN YOUR SON. LET THEIR ENEMIES BE PUT TO SHAME!
Person Wearing Sanbenito Hat of Shame During Spanish Inquisition
Goya, by Permission, Wikipedia, death of the artist