…For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. – Psa. 125:3 KJV
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During the devotion titled “Can He Trust You?” which had its foundation scripture as the first two verses of Psalm 125, it was clear that trust in God was believing in His known ability, being aware that God in that specific instance, has made the intention to make such ability available to the one who is trusting Him. It was clear that the Almighty God also needs to have trust in the one trusting in Him, that he/she will use such given abilities in a manner that will glorify His name.
Having established that trust is a two-way street, the psalmist went further to reveal two major advantages of building a solid bridge of trust between God and man as, eternal stability and protection. There is no doubt that anyone who is able to have both can boldly declare victory, even before the appearance or commencement of battle as he/she will be sure that every aspect of his/her life will remain very stable, irrespective of the level of the attack from enemies as their will be all round protection assured.
The psalmist in today’s scripture reveals why the double barreled Grace will be made available by God. He says it is because the Almighty God will not allow the “rod of the wicked” to rest on the “righteous” so as to prevent the righteous from getting involved in iniquity. Wow! What a great and merciful God we serve. His parental quality comes to fore in this scripture which is His desire to prevent the exposure of His children to spiritually defiling situations. Three facts are revealed in the scripture:
1. The use of the phrase, “rod of the wicked”.
2. The use of the word, “righteous”.
3. The possibility of a righteous person getting involved in iniquity.
Fact No. 1.
The psalmist reveals that anyone who intends to afflict the trusting Christian in any way whatsoever, is immediately considered a wicked person in the sight of God. This should indeed be a huge revelation for the Christian who is constantly complaining about affliction from one person or the other. The use of the word “rod” in the phrase indicates punishment, pain, affliction and without minding whether the application of the rod is deserved or not by the trusting person, the psalmist says God in heaven prevents such rods from registering their effect on on the trusting Christian and He considers the rod wielding person as a wicked. The portion of the wicked with God is an information that is freely available and litters the entire scripture – Ps. 34:21; Ez. 7:4; Ez. 9:10. The scripture says one who afflicts the trusting Christian automatically begins to receive the portion of the wicked, even whilst they are still thinking about it because the use of the phrase “will not rest” implies that the process will not have been completed before the Almighty God truncates it. You will then need to ask yourself why the effect of the rod of that enemy is manifesting in your life, in your business, your marriage, etc. Could trust be the missing piece of the puzzle that will save you from those attacks, rather than those endless vigils and ineffective prayers. May be there is the need to re-strategize and start building the bridge of trust.
Fact No. 2.
Why will the one with rod suddenly have the Almighty God to face as enemy, whether the afflicted is deserving of the rod or not? The psalmist says it is because the act of completely trusting the Almighty God confers righteousness on such an individual immediately – Gen. 15:6. What a huge act of grace that trusting in the Almighty God brings into the life of such a person. To be immediately called righteous because of trust in God in that scripture means that no sin is apportioned to such a person again. All acts of transgressions are overlooked as all sins are instantly covered – Ps. 32:1. The individual is declared, not guilty, irrespective of the mammoth evidence and the array of witnesses stacked against such, in fact, all those witnesses may end up being declared as wicked for standing against one who trusts in the Almighty God – Is. 54:15-17. Wow! All these become instantly available for the Christian who trusts in the Lord. So again, why are all those enemies walking away freely after successfully putting you in bondage with their evidence? It is a question that you need to answer yourself with trust as the yardstick for assessment. Should you find yourself wanting, you will be better off concentrating on how to build that stream of trust between the Almighty God and yourself. It will definitely be more effective than any other solution you may have been applying or you are planning on applying.
Fact No. 3
The Almighty God realises that there still remains the possibility of one who He has conferred righteousness on, still getting involved with iniquity, which is defined as an immoral or grossly unfair behaviour. One of such conditions that can make the one who is considered righteous by God, still getting involved in iniquity is the effect of the rod of the wicked. The truth remains that God in trying to bring back a trusting Christian who has strayed from his divinely designed life path, may sometimes use the rod of the wicked to effect such corrections – 1Kg. 11:14-33. It does not take away the righteousness conferred on such a person as the rod of the wicked in those circumstances remain only a tool of correction – 1Kg. 11:34-39. To the trusting Christian who has such tribulations and trials, there may be the need to consider where he/she has strayed rather than chasing after those tools of God being used to bring him/her back on line – 1Kgs. 11:40. This is because is such circumstances, quoting all those victory scriptures and performing all those spiritual tasks to defeat the so called enemy will remain a futile exercise. It will be that way, until the Christian realises his/her error and retraces his/her step, and it is only then that such enemies will turn back. Hopefully, the trusting Christian will not have left things too late as the Lord will not remain patient forever with the disobedient – Ps. 92:6-7. Such a trusting Christian also poses serious danger to non- discerning individuals around, Christians inclusive, as they may begin to make negative and unfounded comments about such a person who retains the conferred righteousness of God even in such circumstances – Jug. 16:25-30.
In conclusion, it is obvious that the trusting Christian enjoys immense Grace from the Lord and most battles of life can be conveniently won if only the Christian can build on trust. You cannot stop life from throwing those challenges at you, especially if you have ambition to be successful. However you can prevent your being a loser by including a high level of trust in your relationship with God. There is assurance for you that it is a decision that you will never regret. May God help us all to build our trust in Him in Jesus name. Amen.