He woke me in the middle of the night, causing my heart to beat wildly.
I’d never faced this enemy before, and my heart raced as if awakened by a bad dream. After five minutes, I woke my wife who called the ambulance. After a shot and a hospital visit, I was sent to a cardiologist who diagnosed the enemy as tachycardia—from two Greek words meaning “rapid” and “of the heart.” Fortunately, mine was treatable with medicine.
David’s enemy wasn’t physical but people and predators. He killed lions and bears when they tried to steal his sheep, and he killed a giant who insulted his God. In ancient Near Eastern culture, the host of a banquet protected their guests at all costs. God was David’s host: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (Psalm 23:5 KJV).
Enemies aren’t always people wanting to rob or kill us because of what we have or because they dislike us. Enemies often show up as pain, suffering, disease, and injury. No one enjoys an enemy who changes our physical lifestyle and ability. And the pain may alert us that something is amiss, but we don’t enjoy it continually.
Life’s a banquet and God is the host, protecting us. But this doesn’t mean we’ll never contract a disease, be the victims of criminal acts, experience tragedy, lose our possessions, or have our family fall apart. These and other things happen to God’s children daily.
God’s protection is positional and eternal. When accepted as his child, nothing can steal us from his family or take the eternity of heaven he promises. Sin in all its disguises may assault us, but God’s grace enables us to endure and overcome any enemy it sends.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.