The enemy intends to make you suffer.
Every action comes with bad motives. If the devil gives you a gift, it is for a bad purpose, and if he does not give any gift, he is making one of his bad moves on you.
Either way, the enemy is out to get you!
If you are successful, the enemy is not happy about it. He is sad seeing that you are doing fine.
Exo 1:12 NET But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. As a result, the Egyptians loathed the Israelites,
We must take every step that counters the enemies’ onslaught. The reward of doing this far outweighs the risk.
Psa 118:6 NET The LORD is on my side, I am not afraid! What can people do to me?
The Bible also says Mat 10:28 NET Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Faith in God (to take a worthy risk), under the Oppressor, is the killer of fear.
God will reward you for the good you do.
Exo 1:17-21 NET 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women – for the Hebrew women are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them!” 20 So God treated the midwives well, and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he made households for them.
The three Hebrew children refused to bow to a god.
They risk their lives, but God rewarded them with His glorious presence.
Daniel chose to pray to the sovereign God. They threw Daniel into a lion’s den. The lions could not touch him because God shut their mouth.
Job said, Job 13:15 NET Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face!
And Paul said, 2Ti 1:12 NET Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the one in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that he is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day.
We know that faithful is He who had promised, who also will do it.