Low Flying Enemies

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. (Proverbs 26:2 ESV)

My grandparents always had bird feeders. They would put bread crumbs out and watch from their living room as birds of all shapes and sizes would come. In appreciation for all of the free food, the birds would chirp and sing everyday to my grandparents’ delight.

Large birds often hover and soar at great heights, but many smaller birds use rapid, darting movements as they rarely fly very high off of the ground.

There are a few people who, for unexplained reasons, have nothing good to say about you. In fact, their words are better described as “curses,” rather than “blessings.”

Like low flying birds, people may take verbal jabs at you, while quickly changing direction in order to avoid being caught. At minimum these situations leave you frustrated and annoyed. Occasionally they leave you wounded.

But God reveals to us this promise:

a curse without a cause will not alight (land; find rest).

In other words, the birds may fly around you but they cannot build a nest on you.

It should also be said that this promise is only applicable to the uncaused curses we face. If we, through our own poor decisions and attitudes, reap what we have sown, then we ought to confess our own wrongdoing to receive grace.

But when we face undeserved criticism, harsh judgment, and uncaused curses, we can rest assured that God will protect us.

In fact, there are blessings reserved for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Father,
Today I pray for those who are battling the low-flying enemies of life. Would you protect them today, and provide for them a respite from the words that seek to destroy and discourage?

And provide them with hope, encouragement, and boldness to fight the good fight of faith.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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