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The Enemy Of Myself

Posted on Sep 01 , 2014 in Hope & Life Lessons

The Enemy Of Myself

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 13:1-2, 5-6
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

I’m not so sure that the psychological concept of “wallowing in self-pity” is an accurate description of ones condition when they are struggling from within.

It seems more to me a label given by those who seek to overcome their own inadequacies and failures by tagging self-struggle with a manufactured weakness they call self-pity. Sadly demeaning another human being for their weaknesses makes many people feel superior so they don’t have to examine their own failings. It is an ugly characteristic of our broken humanity.

I think the battle is more waged with an identity enemy influenced by external forces infiltrating and causing true anguish and struggle than inward forces simply manifesting themselves in a form of feeling sorry for ones circumstances.

Wrestling with your thoughts and feelings is a real battle and the influencers for that grudge match can come from many sources like loneliness, heartbreak, sorrow, personal or professional failures or even struggles with your health. These are all real enemies that one combats with.

The enemy of yourself is not you and you have every right to feel pain and compassion for your own circumstances when you are under attack. After all, in most cases because the rest of humanity around you is in all likelihood struggling with something of their own, no one else is going to feel the same level of concern for you than yourself. That’s not narcissism, or wallowing in self-pity, that is self-preservation.

If the battle extends for a long duration it is easy to ask, as the Psalmist did in the opening Bible passages; “How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

If one is a believer with a true personal relationship with God it is natural to look to the heavens when the enemy, whatever it may be, challenges you to an extended competition that seems to have no finale, and ask; “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

Fortunately God never leaves us unless it is to leave us realizing that we cannot win our battles without Him when the enemies seem to surround us from all sides.

At the times in your life when you are feeling overwhelmed and your natural response is to feel sympathy for your own circumstances because you feel you may have no one or no place else to turn but you, turn to the unfailing love of God who brought you salvation once and for all through Jesus Christ.

God will never label difficult circumstances and an attempt to dispense empathy for yourself as “self-pity.” He will however remind you that you cannot find ultimate comfort from within, for what attacks you from without, absent His love and consolation.

At these times have a conversation with God and ask Him to help you remember all the times He has been good to you in the past so that you can move beyond the present circumstances and back into the comfort zone of His unfailing love.

Sing the Lord’s praise and the melody will lift you out of the grasp of your enemies so the focus will be on Jesus Christ who already conquered them all on your behalf.

What about you. Are the enemies of yourself forcing you inward seeking comfort rather that upward to Jesus who understands completely your wars and is already the victor for you?

Turn to Him, praise His name and call upon His mighty power to overcome your foes.


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