I create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer – but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
Written by: Chris Moss
Blacksmiths are still firing up their forges and making weapons that maim, kill, and destroy. People are still buying them and becoming destroyers. However, few of us are likely to see that kind of warfare.
The weapons that truly hurt us today are the words of angry people. Words, like a sword, cut quick and deep into our souls and cause pain that reverberates for lifetimes and even for generations. People explode and walk away. Seldom do they know how much harm they have done.
The victims of their toxic spray respond to the trauma with fight or flight. We fight back, run and hide, get stuck at the developmental point of the trauma, or we fall all over ourselves taking the blame or enabling someone’s bad behavior. In a heated argument, many people do not think about the words they spew as a weapon. Being “right” is the most vital thought. Combatants are not usually prepared for the battle and even less prepared for the post-war collateral damage.
The Scripture we read in the quiet moments of life plants good seeds in our hearts and helps us to curtail our own negative spew. It protects us so that the spew of others doesn’t poison an open wound. The Word of God is a balm that soothes the wounds after the battle.
Thought of the day: Sometimes, the Holy Spirit uses the Bible to remind us of our personal traumas.
If we are:
- Fighters: He may want us to see the battle from a different perspective. Perhaps call a truce or ask for forgiveness for a negative response to someone else’s ugliness. (Philippians 1:27 – Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ…)
- Flyers: He may want us to see the old trauma in the light of new information or perspective. New context may bring forgiveness. Sometimes this can lead to restoration. (John 16:31-33 – …you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”)
- Freezers: The Holy Spirit may want us to get unstuck. Recalled memories help our brains forge new neuropathways to understand trauma from a place of greater age and wisdom. (1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.)
- Enablers – He may want us to take our place as the royalty we are in the Kingdom of God and stop dismissing bad behavior. (1 Peter 2:9-10 – But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.)
Prayer: God, You promise us You’ll see to it everything works out for the best. Our accusers will be perceived as liars. Our court proceedings will have the result You design. We may not like the way things turn out, but You ultimately work things out for our best. So today, renew in us a spirit of willingness and wonder about the Word of God. Allow us to read scriptures that breathe new life into the hurt places in our own lives. We’ve got this God because You’ve got us! We are grateful! In Jesus’s name, amen.