In this day and age it seems you’ve haven’t ‘made it’ unless you’ve received death threats on-line.
Like a scorpion, there’s always some bully on social media, who’s waiting to sting an opinion they don’t agree on with insults and threats.
It’s a sad, degenerative state that our society’s in, and it shows the moral compass of most hearts; at least, the trolls.
Yet, it’s nothing new.
Take the story of King David in 2 Samuel 16, when he chased after his rebellious son Absalom, who was trying to steal the throne. It’s a gritty, painful place for any father to be, but more so as King, since David had to travel across a divided land. He literally had to pass by people who WANTED Absalom to conquer the throne!
One of which was a man named Shimei, and he didn’t hide behind some obscure user name and a VPN, no, this man cursed the King to his face.
Did the spiteful words stop King David?
King David didn’t even want Shimei’s freedom of speech taken away, not even after one of his guards offered to behead the naysayer.
Instead, David trusted the Lord:
Leave him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to do it. And perhaps the LORD will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today. 2 Samuel 16:11-12 NLT
That’s the approach we all should take when some internet troll says, “Death to (your cause or political belief or name here)” because at the end of the day, it’s God who can make the wrong, right.
Unfortunately, this is very hard to do.
I’ve been threatened, viciously so, and the first time it happened, I was rattled. I didn’t take this approach, because I didn’t know it. This story from 2 Samuel 16 is how God taught me to move on. It greatly encouraged me, which is why I’m sharing it with you.
Today, Americans tread on a land that’s divided, and there are digital scorpions all over the internet. Tempers fly, paid trolls hide behind fake accounts, and people are threatened over the tiniest things.
Yes, it’s disheartening.
Yes, it’s pathetic.
Yes, it’s wrong.
But when we put our faith in God to bless us for these wrongs, we gather a new strength to face our adversaries and walk past them, unshaken and remaining on course.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Cast your cares on God, and have faith that He desires to turn how you’ve been wronged into a blessing.